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  • Elektra Papadakis

Winter Blues

As Christmas and New Year have now passed, we are starting to feel more blue about the winter, and many could be feeling down or even depressed.

It is cold and rainy, and it is dark when we go to school and come back home. You might wake up in the morning, see that it is still night outside and feel despondent. This is normal!

As the seasons change, most commonly from autumn to winter, people can get Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD.

This is a form of depression that reoccurs on a seasonal basis, meaning that people, who are otherwise in good mental health, will start feeling depressed during a specific season or part of the year. This is most common in winter, but symptoms can occur in the summer, too.

The symptoms can include:

· lack of energy

· lack of concentration

· feeling antisocial

· feeling tired or not wanting to get up in the morning

· having a persistent low mood

· feeling sad, low, guilty and depressed

This is incredibly common and is usually caused by:

1. low exposure to sunlight

2. being prone to colds and other illnesses

3. lower production of serotonin, which is a hormone that can affect your mood, sleep or eating habits.

With little exposure to sunlight, your serotonin levels can drop, leading you to feel depressed.

Something else that is affected by the changes in winter is the body‘s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. Your body uses sunlight to determine time signals, such as when to wake up and go to sleep, so the changes in daylight hours can affect your body and disrupt your internal clock, leading to SAD.

If you are feeling sad or more down than usual, it is completely normal, especially with added stress from school. Remember that you can always talk to someone about your mental health,

including your friends, family, or the Vertrauenslehrern here at this school.


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