Summer time has always been a good time for me. I love having warms days and long nights. Not wearing jumpers and coats is also a plus. However, there is a more important reason why I love summer, and its because I’m happier.
At this time of the year, the clocks go forward, which gives us more daylight hours. I’m excited for this as I wont be walking to/from work in the dark and it will be brighter when I wake up. Longer days will also mean I’m in a better mood overall. SAD affects me almost every year no matter what changes in my life.
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and is basically like depression but seasonally. We all know the symptoms of depression (constant low mood, lack of energy and being irritable), but SAD mainly happens in the winter.
I don’t really know what causes SAD but the doctor said it’s to do with the lack of sunlight stopping part of the brain working properly. This affects the production of certain hormones. These hormones control stuff like how sleepy you are, your mood, appetite etc. There is also a link to it disrupting your body clock.
I have a special light for ‘light therapy’. Its a large light to use in your home that is used to simulate the exposure of sunlight. I keep it in the corner of the room if I’m at home watching TV or something. It keeps your mood up and keep depression at bay. I use it every winter as often as I can.
SAD only affects you in winter, so it is almost a sigh of relief when I know the clocks are going forward. I look forward to the spring and summer time because I know my mood will be better and my overall outlook on life will be better. So my answer is: Yes, it is a good thing the clocks are going forward!
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