This has been a tough winter as southern Ontario experienced the darkest winter in more than 80 years according to CBC news. So what does increased darkness and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) have in common, well according to the Mayo Clinic reduced levels of sunlight in winter may cause winter-onset of SAD as the decrease in sunlight disrupts our body's internal clock and lead to feelings of depression. In my personal and professional experience, this winter season has hit harder for those who experience winter-SAD, and I am seeing an accumulation effect that the lack of sunlight has had on daily functioning including lower energy and lower mood. In addition, the usual coping for SAD feels less effective and can wear down people’s abilities to bounce back. Please find 4 suggestions below to support you on your journey of bouncing back:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.