Every year, with the temperatures and the luminosity which fall, a certain number of people suffer from more or less severe depression which it is possible to anticipate to pass through without needing to consult a doctor according to the gravity of the depression.
First of all, it is important to recognize the signs of depression which can be characterized by irritability, crying spells, sleep disorders, need for food or anxiety when thinking about the Christmas holidays.
This change in attitude is explained in particular by the decrease in the hours of sunlight which no longer allows our body to be exposed to intense and continuous light to fill up with energy. Thus, the less the body is exposed to light, the more the brain will secrete melatonin, the sleep hormone.
To counterbalance these effects, it is possible to have light therapy sessions to store extra light. Daily sessions of about 30 minutes with a 10,000 lux lamp upon waking can compensate for the lack of sunlight at this time of year. Sport, thanks to its antidepressant effects, is also recommended during the winter period.
Just as it is important to nourish the skin attacked by the winter’s bites, it is also important to pay attention to your diet by continuing to consume vitamins, especially fruits, vegetables and fish. In the absence of outdoor activities, indoor activities, whether manual or recreational, can also help you get through this difficult period.
Although the body needs light, some people may suffer from summer depression, often due to excess heat and perhaps light, although its causes are not yet well studied. In any case, if the daily tricks do not work, there is still the possibility of consulting specialists in order to avoid that the temporary depression becomes depression.