The days are shorter, it gets dark SO EARLY, and there’s a chill in the air. I love fall, and I love the winter holidays, but winter is rough. It’s common to feel a little down when winter rolls around and many people report that their mood declines in the winter months. But how do you know if you’re just experiencing “winter blues,” or are suffering from a mood disorder?
Here are some common symptoms people experience in the winter:
- Feeling more tired
- Feeling more lonely
- Feeling more self-conscious about their body and appearance
Winter blues are unpleasant, but fortunately these symptoms come and go throughout the winter. People who feel down in the winter can still function well and find enjoyment in life.
Here are some signs that what you’re experiencing is more serious:
- Feeling down all day, every day in winter
- Not having enough energy to make it through the day
- Feeling unable to keep up with your life
- Not enjoying things you used to enjoy
If you are experiencing winter blues or are concerned you may have a seasonal mood disorder, there is help. As a therapist, I help people make lifestyle changes and address problematic thoughts and behaviors that contribute to feeling down. I can provide you with tools to alleviate your seasonal symptoms and help you enjoy life again, even in winter.