As we step into the rawest part of the season, coughs, sneezes, sniffing and blocked noses are well amongst us. But asides from the physically illnesses, we must also remember to take extra care of our mental health.
Seasonal depression is most common in winter, hence it is commonly referred to as ‘Winter depression’, because symptoms are typically more apparent and severed during the winter period. It is important, especially in winter, to ensure that whilst we take care of your physical health, we also take into account the importance of our mental health. Some of the symptoms of winter depression are:
– a persistent low mood
– a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
– feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
– feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
– sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
For more information on the symptoms of seasonal depression, ad what to do if you or someone you know is suffering, the NHS advises that you see your GP, who can carry out an assessment to check the state of your mental health. For more information on how seasonal depression, or what to do if someone you know is suffering, please visit the NHS website.