Tips for Getting Over S.A.D This Spring

Tips for Getting Over S.A.D This Spring

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March 16, 2022

At Heather Glen Senior Living, we understand that the transition between seasons is not easy for everyone, not just physically—but mentally and emotionally as well. Although Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is known to occur during the winter months, it’s become increasingly common for people to experience it during the usual sunny and warm spring season. Many who suffer from the springtime depression paradox can’t quite grasp why they’re feeling down, nor how to cope with their SAD symptoms—which is why our team at Heather Glen has put together some tips and advice to help our community get over springtime Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well as better understand the reasoning behind why it occurs. 

Be prepared for different symptoms 

Despite spring’s arrival being known to put most people in a better mood, there are some who can experience the opposite feeling. For those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, the transition from the dark and cold months to longer days and warmer weather can actually send their bodies and emotions into a downward spiral. 

As the seasons change, so does our behavior, energy levels, desire to socialize, and sometimes sleeping patterns. Oftentimes, SAD is inaccurately depicted as the normal winter blues and lower energy levels that most people experience during the colder weather. Without a doubt, there are differences between the winter and spring-related forms of the disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of winter depression include loss of energy, oversleeping, and weight gain as a result of food cravings. On the other hand, spring depression symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, and weight loss due to a significant decrease in appetite. 

While most people are enjoying the increased amount of sunlight and higher temperatures during the spring, those suffering from SAD are feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to feel like you’re not experiencing the normal happiness and motivation that warmer temperatures typically bring, and it’s important to understand that your symptoms of SAD may vary by season. At Heather Glen, we know it’s essential to find ways to cope with your springtime SAD—and we believe in taking things day by day in order to find a balance of methods that are right for you. 

Be conscious of your diet

Low levels of fresh fruit and vitamin intake during the winter months can commonly lead to spring asthenia, which occurs when our bodies have difficulty adapting to the changing weather. This temporary condition leads to certain deficiencies during the springtime, like slow or weakened movements, loss of muscle strength and a lack of energy—contributing greatly to Seasonal Affective Disorder and why you may be feeling extra down and unmotivated. Give your body the boost it needs by replacing the fatty, sweet and nutrient-lacking winter foods with healthier alternatives. A good balance of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and proper vitamins and minerals can make a huge difference—especially a mental and emotional one. 

Exercise and take in the sunshine

Although finding the motivation to get up and move your body may be difficult while you’re experiencing SAD, it’s important to discipline yourself to at least go for a brisk walk or soak up the fresh air and sunshine for a minimum of 30 minutes everyday. It may seem cliché or pointless, but exercise and Vitamin D can boost your serotonin levels, as well as help improve your mood and decrease stress. Even if you’re experiencing a rainy spring day, Heather Glen has exercise and wellness amenities for all of our residents. Our atrium and common areas feature ample natural light that encourages healthy living.

Additionally, methods like journaling, art therapy and meditation are all forms of wellness that can significantly improve your mood by helping you accept any difficult feelings and emotions—as well as learn how to suppress them. Finding what works for you when it comes to getting over springtime SAD may take time, but all of these practices can provide one step closer to feeling like yourself again. 

Don’t be afraid to socialize

Loneliness can be tempting whenever you’re experiencing springtime SAD, but it can also cause increased stress and anxiety—prompting the mind to be immersed in negative thoughts. At Heather Glen, we believe in coming together with our community to help improve moods, thoughts and emotions. Walk around our gorgeous building, talk to your neighbors and make new friends to kick the negativity out the door. Additionally, our exciting programs help unite all of our residents and bring on the fun, exercise and creativity that can help you feel bright and social again. 

Find the right balance

At Heather Glen Senior Living, our priority is to provide the utmost care, compassion and community for all of our residents. From participating in our fitness activities to finding a balanced diet and everything in between, we’re here to help you find ways to deal with springtime Seasonal Affective Disorder. Finding the right balance looks different for every individual when it comes to overcoming SAD, and it’s important to go out of your comfort zone and switch up your daily routine to maximize self-care during hard times. If you have symptoms of SAD that don’t improve after a few months, you may want to talk to a professional to make sure you’re taking the right steps. You’re not alone in your journey, and Heather Glen is the best place to be during any stage of your seniority. 

If you or somebody you love is ready to join our tight-knit community, feel free to give us a call today at (610) 841-4478, or contact us online at any time to set up a personalized tour or for us to answer any questions.

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