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Winter blues? 5 Mood symptoms to watch

We are smack in the middle of winter in South Africa, and everywhere you go fellow citizens are striking up a conversation about the unusual chill in the air. While temperatures aren't far below 20 degrees Celsius (beach weather for some European countries) South Africans are all pointing out the same thing - it's cold.

The cold weather seeps into our homes, our workspaces, and our conversations. For many, this season is a happy time filled with comfy foods, warm beverages, and cosy nights in. But for others; shorter days, and more time spent indoors can lead to a significant change in mood patterns.


Whether you are a winter person or not, the season can have a direct impact on your physical and mental health. Therefore, it is vital that you take care of your mental state during this time. Symptoms that can be associated with a downturn in mood include:


Irritability

You easily become upset or frustrated. It might come as a response in stressful situations or it can be triggered by simple daily tasks.


Overeating and emotionally eating

You are feeling down and eating makes you feel good. A low mood during the winter months can lead to binge-eating.


Purposefully avoiding social interaction

You go out of your way to avoid interaction with people you used to socialise with.


Sleeping difficulties

You are experiencing difficulty falling asleep, remaining asleep, or you struggle to get up in the morning.


Anhedonia

You've lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy doing, which in severe cases can be a symptom of depression.


Many people deal with a low mood during the colder months. That's why it's become so easy to dismiss these symptoms as normal ups and downs. But ignoring severe and recurring tendencies you could be putting yourself at risk of serious mental or emotional distress.


If any of the above symptoms are causing you personal distress or impairing your daily functioning, it's recommended that you seek the help of a professional.


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