Beat the Winter Blues
Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the winter blues or a seasonal funk. Take daily steps to keep mood and motivation steady. While some students may not notice how the wintry weather affects emotions, it’s important to check-in with the body.
What is Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?
Answer: A type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. Most people with SAD have symptoms which start in the fall and continue in to the winter months, sapping energy and often increasing moodiness. Less often, SAD can cause depression in the spring or early summer.
Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyed
- Having low energy
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
What can I do to check-in with my mood during the winter months?
- Practice mindfulness daily. Mindfulness helps us to develop an awareness of our internal state and the feelings that are driving our behavior. The Counseling and Testing Center offers free mindfulness and meditation classes for all Georgia State University students. For more information, visit our Mind-Body Clinic.
- Utilize your resources. The Counseling and Testing Center is excited to present WellTrack, a free online tool for all currently enrolled Georgia State University students. WellTrack is a product to promote mental health, based on the substantial base of research supporting the use of computerized cognitive-behavior therapy (CCBT). It’s confidential, anonymous, and easy to use, right on your phone or tablet. To begin using WellTrack, visit the Georgia State University WellTrack page. Access Code: BeWell