Advice for battling Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘winter blues’

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — While the weather changes have been taking its toll on the environment, it can also take a toll on students mentally.

According to Trojan Outreach, gloomy days and cold weather are two of the main causes of seasonal depression, also known as the winter blues.

These feelings can last around four to five months out of the year without any management.

“Clinically that’s referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short,” said Trojan Outreach Peer Educator Meagan Chaudron. “It actually affects women four times more than men.”

According to Chaudron, symptoms can include feelings of loneliness, fatigue and hopelessness.

“I’ve had multiple friends deal with it, even myself at some point,” said freshman Auni Shema. “I love being outside. I love doing things outside and the weather just impacts that so greatly. Moving from hanging out with friends outside every day to being in your room, almost constantly because of rain and the weather it definitely impacts you.”

Although managing symptoms can be challenging, there are a few approaches that can help.

“Make time to exercise, make time if you don’t have a job from 8 to 5 every day or school, to go outside when there is sunlight. “That’s great for you. Make sure you’re keeping a routine, a good sleep schedule and eating health.”

“I would recommend to check on your friends,” Shema said. “You’re not being annoying and if they are finding you annoying, who cares? You want to be the friend that cares too much.”

Trojan Outreach plans to offer even more mental health resources and tips throughout the month of February.