60-Second Solution: Do You Have S.A.D.?

By the Editors of SilverSneakers |

Tap into your feelings for clues about your health.

Do you find yourself down in the winter? In this Fit for Life Challenge video, fitness expert David Jack explains how where you live and lack of sunlight can increase your risk of seasonal affective disorder, or S.A.D.

S.A.D. is a type of depression that occurs in a seasonal pattern, typically winter (more common) or summer (less common), according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but common ones include:

  • Having less energy than usual
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Eating more than usual or unexplained weight gain
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

It can be hard to tell if how you’re feeling is depression (including S.A.D.) or a sign of a different health issue. A good rule of thumb: If you notice changes in how you’re feeling—physically or emotionally—it’s smart to check in with your doctor.

If you’re having thoughts of wanting to die or harm yourself, seek professional help immediately, or let a loved one know. Or call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which provides 24/7, free, and confidential support.

Did you miss yesterday’s SilverSneakers Fit for Life Challenge post? Find it here. Plus, be sure to connect with us on our Facebook page.

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