Have you ever found yourself feeling more productive, positive; better in yourself and just generally happier when the sun is out? And have you also found yourself feeling down, unhappy and like you don’t want to get out of bed when it’s miserable and rainy outside?
Well you may have something called a Seasonal Affective Disorder, in other words SAD. This is when your mood determines on the weather, it is a form of depression, and it can also be linked to depression.
Most days I find myself feeling down about something but when the weather is miserable and cold out, I just seem to feel 100 times worse than usual. I find myself not wanting to leave my bed; I know that a lot of people feel this way anyway when it’s cold out. I mean who wouldn’t want to be wrapped up in the quilt with a hot chocolate and a DVD instead of going out into the shitty weather, but I guess when your depressed it’s different, like you really don’t want to face the world and you wonder to yourself ‘Who would notice if I didn’t leave my bed today?
I feel like the perfect scene for this kind of day is the whole sitting in the car with your headphones in, listening to a sad song while looking out the window trying not to feel every emotion that’s drowning you from the inside. The whole music video scene if you will (You know the one I mean) and for all those Tumblr users out there you definitely know what I mean.
Changing weather and changing moods
I know that there are two different kinds of people when it comes to the rain. Some people just love walking in the rain, it just makes them feel really content, it makes them feel cosy if they are inside and they can hear the patter of the rain on the widows.
I am not saying that I don’t enjoy this; I mean falling asleep at night to the sound of the rain is great! But that’s probably the only time I do love the rain. I feel like it’s when I have the direct contact with it, that’s when I don’t like the rain. It just seems to spoil your plans, it makes you feel miserable and it’s like, have you ever heard of anyone canceling their plans because it’s too sunny outside? Probably not.
When the sun is out it’s a totally different story! I feel so positive and productive. I just want to get so much stuff done and all I want to do is be out the house enjoying life! If something happens that would usually really get to me, on a sunny day it doesn’t really seem to faze me.
I always seem to think about all the great things that are happening in my life, even if I have so many things to be sad about. These are the day’s you just want to party with your friends and have a laugh, go for evening walks while the sun goes down, or even just go into town for the day to do some shopping. Knowing the weather is nice outside always makes me cheerful, even if I am not actually in the sun at the time.
The symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder
I just feel that my mood is so determined on the weather that it could literally change my whole day, and I know I’m not the only one out there that feels this way. At first I thought it was just part of depression, you have good days and bad days but after researching I think that some of my depression is led on by the weather.
I have found a list of symptoms that you may want to look at if you’re feeling the same way I am:
- a persistent low mood
- a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feeling irritable
- feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- low self-esteem
- feeling stressed or anxious
- a reduced sex drive
- becoming less sociable
- be less active than normal
- feel lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleep for longer than normal and find it hard to get up in the morning
- find it difficult to concentrate
- have an increased appetite – some people have a particular craving for foods containing lots of carbohydrates and end up gaining weight as a result
In all honesty you might only get a couple of the symptoms, everyone is different.
Is depression the same thing as seasonal affective disorder?
Some people mistake depression for actually just feeling sad for a few days. But depression isn’t talked about enough in my eyes. There are so many different types of depression and everyone is their own person, everyone goes through different things, some people’s depression is linked with a life event that may have happened to them. But some people are just generally depressed, they may not know the cause of it but they can’t stop it from happening. All you can do is live with it. It’s learning to live with it that makes you stronger; it never really goes away.
So if you feel like this but never actually knew that a Seasonal Affective Disorder was even a thing, depending on how bad your symptoms are you should always speak to your doctor or GP about it because they might be able to help.
There are a number of treatments that they may carry out after the tests they give you to see how bad you actually are. But you may have to be put on tablets or they may give you some advice on how to make yourself feel a little less blue when it’s raining outside.
So don’t be afraid because you’re not the only one out there feeling like this. Maybe give the disorder some more research if you think you may have it. But most of all don’t be afraid to talk to someone about it whether it is your doctor, GP, your family, friends or even someone you don’t know. It’s always better to tell people if you are feeling like this because there may be a way for them to help.
So keep smiling everyone and don’t let the weather get you down.