Posted on October 23, 2017 by Kim Mead

Seasonal affective disorder or SAD is a form of depression that typically occurs during winter when the nights are longer. It is caused by disruption to the hormones that are sensitive to sunlight. These hormones are key to regulating sleep and mood.

Symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Persistent low mood
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleeping longer than normal and finding it difficult to get up in the mornings
  • Craving junk food and weight gain

Although there are recommended methods for reducing SAD, such as light therapy which uses a special lamp to simulate exposure to sunlight, a great way to reduce the symptoms is exercise.

Exercise has been shown to help all forms of depression including SAD. When you exercise your body releases endorphins. These endorphins react with receptors in your brain and can reduce stress, ward off feelings of anxiety and depression and reduce boredom. It can also lead to improved sleep and mood.

So if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms this winter, a simple exercise session could be the answer to your problems!