Seasonal affective disorder
Sometimes when the days seem dull and the sun forgets to shine for days on end, we can suffer from something called SAD (Seasonal affective disorder).
This depressive disorder is linked to the seasons of the year and is more common in countries that don’t have plenty of sunshine all year round.
If you have trouble “over sleeping” in the winter, feel agitated or over tired, and experience appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates, you could be affected by SAD.
The difference between SAD and depression though, is that most of the SAD symptoms will go when the weather improves and the days get longer and the sun shines more.
Experts believe that less sunlight in the winter leads to the brain making less serotonin, a chemical linked to stabilising our feelings and regulating our moods.
It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other.
So when the nerve cell pathways in the brain that regulate our mood stop functioning properly, it leads to feelings of depression and other symptoms of fatigue and weight gain.
Like most people these days, I dread the arrival of the electricity bill in the winter!
As a lot of us are working from home now since the onset of Covid-19, it is something that is probably causing concern for many more people.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Children with RSV might present with cold symptoms such as
• a stuffy or runny nose
• sore throat
• mild headache
• generally feeling unwell
Staying healthy is a challenge for a lot of us these days, while we wait to be vaccinated against Covid-19, so it is really important to also take care of our mental health as well.
“Self care” is how you take your power back! – Get on that bicycle and create some happy endorphins
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