Outside the window, autumn. Cloudy, grey mornings and afternoons are no cause for joy. Shorter and shorter days and limited amount of sunlight can translate into our mood. The autumn season is often associated with sadness, melancholy and depression. A lot of people complain about reduced mood and lack of energy during its duration. Some people even talk about autumnal depression. Does a loss of wellbeing, depression and reduced energy levels mean a serious disorder? What are the effective ways to reduce moods?
What is depression?
According to the world health agency "WHO" about 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. In Poland it is estimated that it is about 1.5 million people. Therefore, depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder. It is described as a long-term state of depression, lack of energy and motivation to live. Patients suffering from this disorder are annoyed by the chase of thoughts, overwhelmed by the negative mood. People with this condition often have difficulty getting out of bed or suffer from insomnia. There are two main types of depression - endogenous depression caused by brain malfunction and exogenous depression resulting from difficult, traumatic experiences.
Decreased mood, or is it depression?
It is worth remembering that human life is rich in various emotions. They are not only euphoria, joy, excitement, but also sadness, depression, reduced mood, less willingness to act. All these states, which are short-lived, are natural. That's why you shouldn't worry about every time you're in a momentary state of contempt. In order to talk about depression, the state of depression must last for several months. In the event of a temporary mood loss, poor mood persists for about a few weeks.
How to deal with energy shortages?
Ways to reduce the mood Regardless of how you feel about yourself, we are committed to fulfilling your daily duties. What to do to restore the old energy and willingness to live, so that the smile will be on our face again? Nobody wants to walk around sad and depressed. Decreased mood in autumn is often associated with a lack of vitamin D and oxygen. The lack of light results from a shortened day, greater cloudiness and the fact that in autumn we spend less time outdoors, especially on cold rainy days. However, the best way to improve your mood is to stay outdoors, which has a beneficial effect on your mind and body.
Endorphins - happiness hormone
It is worth remembering that the human body is able to produce hormones that affect our sense of happiness. Endorphins, also known as the happiness hormone, are produced during physical activity. This applies, for example, to runners who experience a jogging high after a few kilometres. Since a reduced mood is a transitional period, it is best to deal with the autumn suspension in a vacuum by natural means. It is also worthwhile to strengthen your immunity due to viruses and bacteria. Cold and other illnesses will certainly improve our well-being.