We all feel down and sad sometimes. It’s normal. However, there are millions of people who are dealing with SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health,

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not considered as a separate disorder. It is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons (appearing in the winter or summer months) for at least 2 years. Seasonal depressions must be much more frequent than any non-seasonal depressions.

Not that you are up to speed on what exactly SAD is, it is imperative to realize that there is no one shot cure for depression let alone anything that ails us. But there is one thing that been proven to drastically help combat depression and positively effect your life.

Exercise.

Exercise has been proven to improve peoples mood, sleep, and overall health. Psychologist believe that it can also improve a person’s sense of self-efficacy and self-esteem. Exercise releases dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Raising your levels of serotonin through exercise boosts your mood and overall sense of well-being. So get in the gym and get your blood pumping. Additionally, you might meet some really awesome people in here who could be potential friends. Great things await at the gym!