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    How to combat Seasonal A ective Disorder (SAD)?

     How to combat Seasonal A ective Disorder (SAD)?


    SAN’NA FIRDOUS 

    firdoussanna@gmail.com

    If your depressive mood still sticks for more than two weeks, consult a doctor


    The short grey days of winter make 

    us feel growing old and frail, but 

    it is a normal winter experience. 

    When we feel constantly sad for 

    no reason, having trouble with 

    sleep, and spend days lounging on the 

    couch, eating comfort food, and watch-

    ing television or surfi ng social media 

    sites. Think we are suffering from Sea-

    sonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 

    SAD is also called seasonal depres-

    sion: this is a form of depression that 

    generally happens in late fall when 

    there is less sunlight and days become 

    shorter and cold. SAD can also happen 

    in summer, but that is much less 

    common. 

    It is been observed that women are 

    more prone to SAD than men, and it 

    is more commonly found in the cloudy 

    parts of the areas farther from the equa-

    tor. 

    The common symptoms of SAD 

    include:

     Serious mood swings when seasons 

    change 

     Want of energy 

     Overeating 

     Diffi culty with sleep

    WAYS TO COMBAT SAD 

    Regular Exercise 

    As the temperature plummets out-

    side, it’s tempting to skip a workout, 

    watch online movies, and stay 

    snuggled up all day. But, if you 

    think you may have SAD, hit-

    ting the gym is a good way to 

    combat it. Moving your body 

    will fi ght with the tendency 

    to be glum and can produce 

    good brain chemistry. Try 

    not to give in, even if you 

    don’t feel like going out for 

    a run, then look for indoor 

    activities that you can enjoy 

    or try snowshoeing to make 

    the best of the cold weather. 

    In Kashmir, we have a snow 

    festival each year at Gulmarg, 

    most of the people tend to spend 

    some time in Gulmarg, you can 

    visit on weekends Gulmarg and 

    enjoy the best weather. Also, those 

    who want to overcome this fear 

    of SAD, should take a long walk to the 

    downtown area, and explore the art and 

    architecture. My mother used to tell me 

    that during her childhood they would 

    go by foot to Dargah, Hazratbal Shrine 

    on every Friday to offer Salah. I think 

    that is missing in Kashmir nowadays, 

    people throng to shrines but on motor 

    vehicles, they should switch the habit 

    and walk and talk. 

    The government also should create 

    events in winter such as food festivals 

    where people will go and celebrate the 

    togetherness, that will also boost the 

    immunity of people who would get a 

    pretext to walk and celebrate the love 

    and affection of fellow Kashmiris. 

    Create Events or Socialize

    I understand that the fear of Covid-19 

    is still hanging in the air, but follow-

    ing the proper protocols, socialization 

    will hunker down the urge of staying 

    home which often results in less social 

    interaction. The private vendors and 

    other food units should create social 

    events where they will keep available 

    tea snacks and invite people to social-

    ize and enjoy the best of the winter 

    festivals. If that is not possible, invite 

    friends, and close relations to your 

    home on weekends and interact 

    with them, that will lift your 

    spirits. 

    Eat a balanced diet 

    Eat healthy food is always 

    recommended which 

    includes a suffi cient amount 

    of vitamins and minerals. 

    If your depressive mood 

    still sticks for more than two 

    weeks, consult a doctor. But 

    avoid going to the doctor, use 

    natural therapy to warm your 

    body, and socialize. I know 

    Kashmir has gone through many 

     upheavals, but I wish all people to 

    stay happy and warm not like walk-

    ing with serious mood. Sometimes 

    they need to smile and laugh.

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