Kids get s.a.d. too
Most of us have experienced the generalized lethargy that comes with the changing seasons. However, about 6% of people are significantly impacted by these adjustments, especially during the Spring and Fall when the amount of daylight experiences a dramatic change.
And while most impacted by it are adults, it can affect kids and teens also. So, if your child seems like they are having a rough time of it, don't fret too much. It may just be their body's response to the changing season.
So, what's happening on a chemical level?
👉 Melatonin increases
👉 Serotonin decreases
This means more fatigue, quickly irritable, and depression settles in easily.
Other symptoms can include:
■ Changes in mood (ie. sadness, feelings of worthlessness, more self-critical.)
■ Lack of enjoyment (ie. loss of interest, increased dissatisfaction, or feelings of guilt)
■ Low energy (ie. unexplained fatigue)
■ Changes in sleep (ie. sleeping more than usual, difficulty waking up)
■ Changes in eating (ie. craving simple carbs and sugar)
■ Difficulty focusing (ie. trouble completing tasks, lack of motivation)
■ Less interest in socializing (ie. less desire for friends or extracurricular activities)
What can you do about it?
✔️ Get more light exposure (ie. take walks, hikes, or bike rides outside. If the weather is consistently poor you can purchase a light therapy lamp)
✔️ Take a high-quality D3 supplement. Consume with a meal high in natural fats.
✔️ Talk to them about their experience. Explain to them what's happening and why.
✔️ Be patient and supportive.