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Urgent Care News: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder With Exercise

On Behalf Of First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care staff have welcomed spring, but there are many people who aren’t so happy about the change in season. We’re a little over a week into spring and there may be some people out there suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). While we may not get many patients at our urgent care who talk about this, we know this happens to a lot of people. According to the WebMD explanation of this kind of depression, it is associated with the change in seasons. Most people get this type of depression when winter rolls around, but under rarer occasions some people experience it beginning in spring or summer. While this isn’t necessarily a severe issue that you’d have to visit our urgent care for, we still find the information to be valuable for our patients.

In any season, SAD symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on each individual person. Some of our own urgent care patients may have this and not even realize it. Some of the most common symptoms include feeling worthless, having low energy and having problems sleeping. In some cases of spring-related SAD symptoms, patients have experienced anxiety, weight loss and poor appetite. Experts believe that SAD may be linked to hormonal changes, but the truth about why SAD happens is truly unknown.

There are a few ways that have been reported to help you can fight off SAD, but one of the most important ways is to exercise. The psychological benefits of exercise are great, because as you exercise your body releases endorphins. In turn, the endorphins “intermingle” with the receptors in your brain, therefore; reducing your perception of pain. Have you ever heard that endorphins make you happy? It’s sort of true in that way. That is why so many runners describe the feeling similar to morphine or “runner’s high.” Regular exercise has been proven to do many things for a person, such as; reduce stress, fight depression, boost self-esteem and improve sleep.

Any urgent care staff member can tell you that exercising doesn’t only make your mind work better, but it inevitably makes your body better.  Of course, we recommned checking with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If you feel that you need social support to deal with depression, you can try joining a group exercise class or going with a friend to the gym. It’s easy to see how surrounding yourself with positive motivation may help you continue on the path to success.