Now that it’s summertime, the days of winter are over which means that, with more sunlight and weather changes, those who battle with seasonal depression can begin recovering. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects approximately 4-6% of people in the United States. Those who live in more northern regions are more likely to experience symptoms of SAD, such as irritability, fatigue, depression, and anxiety.

Those who are pursuing recovery may already be overcoming withdrawal symptoms and everything that comes with sobriety or addressing mental health issues. On top of this, seasonal depression can take a major toll on a person if they have so many other things they’re also working through. As the weather has become more pleasant, you may begin to wonder exactly why seasonal depression was affecting you in the first place. There are a number of reasons for this, such as:

  • Circadian rhythm: also known as our biological clock, lack of sunlight could disrupt our body’s system
  • Serotonin: sunlight increases our serotonin levels, which help manage our mood, social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, sexual desire, and more. When there is less sunlight because of the season, we’re likely to feel less of all these things
  • Melatonin: darkness promotes our bodies to produce more melatonin, which regulates sleep. This is a prime reason why during the wintertime, we feel more tired and lethargic.
  • Vitamin D: we get our vitamin D from the sun, and this is what gives us strong bones. As there isn’t as much sunlight, we may begin to feel weaker than normal

Sunlight certainly helps a great deal in moving past SAD but getting proper water and exercise can help a lot, too. However, for some of us, we need more support than just getting outside. Know that there are many people who suffer from SAD or other mental health issues and that they too have found ways to overcome their struggles. Recovery programs with both short and long-term options could be a great way for you to start your journey to a healthy, successful life.

If you’re ready to begin your recovery journey from depression, addiction, or any other mental health issue, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. It’s never too late to seek the help you need. Alta Loma is a world-renowned, Texas state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center exclusively for men with ranch style housing located in a peaceful, remote area. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at (866) 457-3843 for a consultation.