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Does Anybody Else Think That SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is not caused by lack of sunlight, but lack of physical activity?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 14, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I notice no matter what season it is, and no matter how much direct sunlight I'm getting, if my physical activity is low, I get depressed and anxious. During the winter, a good cardio workout seems to abate the usual SAD symptoms quite well.

Your thoughts?

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on March 10, 2013
at 09:50 PM

Get all the toxins out of your lungs? Bleh... toxin hate.

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on March 10, 2013
at 07:39 PM

I'm depressed that I'll never meet a mammoth. Those things looked cool.

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:28 AM

I used to think that too, MathGirl72. You'll find out the hard way or you'll believe the science. Life is full of fun possibilities.

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:07 PM

Mmmm...mammoth meat.

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on January 14, 2013
at 08:13 PM

"So many people seem to be programmed to slow down, during the winter." I'm pretty sure that's what we humans, as *animals,* are indeed, "programmed" to do during winter. It's only thanks to electric lights, 24-hour shopping centers, computers, and being able to buy mangoes and papayas at Whole Foods in Nebraska in the middle of winter, that we *don't* slow down anymore.

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on January 14, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Exactly this!!!

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on January 14, 2013
at 06:45 PM

When I'm really eating/feeling well often times I wake naturally and feel refreshed with just 6 hours of sleep.

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on January 14, 2013
at 06:03 PM

8 hours of sleep is "mandatory for longevity"? Perhaps for YOU, but not everyone.

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on January 14, 2013
at 07:51 PM

Considering that there is extensive research that shows that (1) Treatment with narrow bandwidth blue light is an effective treatment (more so than treatment with anti-depressants); and (2) SAD sufferers who move to climates with shorter winters see their SAD disappear (although this could just be a hedonic impact. Then I would assume exercise would not be the cause.

Although, there is research into exercise induced ST depression which includes both depression from too much exercise and depression from lack of exercise.

Personally I think we are depressed from lack of mammoth meet.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:07 PM

Mmmm...mammoth meat.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on March 10, 2013
at 07:39 PM

I'm depressed that I'll never meet a mammoth. Those things looked cool.

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on January 14, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I notice no matter what season it is, and no matter how much direct sunlight I'm getting, if my physical activity is low, I get depressed and anxious.

Then you don't have SAD.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on January 14, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Exactly this!!!

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on March 10, 2013
at 07:29 PM

I have a hard time believing that SAD is only caused by winter. I think people just don't know how to use their time during the winter because they feel trapped and that might depress them.

I'm extremely active...so no matter what season I'm in, I'm always sad that the season is over and I have to wait a year for that season to come back. Then I switch to the new appropriate activities for the new season.

Ask yourself this question: Do you do less activities during the winter? If the answer is yes, then try changing that.

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04ca28a864b04ce6c5e6b43f84b25e0d

on January 14, 2013
at 05:55 PM

I am a swimmer and winter is my normal racing season. I've noticed, over the years, the distinct advantage I've had over my competitors, for the very reason you suggest. So many people seem to be programmed to slow down, during the winter.

Take advantage of the cool, crisp air of winter and get outside and walk. Breathe deeply and get all the toxins out of your lungs. This serves several purposes; 1. to get you body moving in a rhythmic way leads to active meditation, 2. bi-lateral stimulation of the spine activates all of your body functions, and 3. burns extra calories, not used during the day, and excess energy, so you'll get a good nights sleep.

One recommendation I have is to talk your walk as late in the evening as is reasonable. I go b/w 9-10pm, depending on how early I have to get up. 8 hours of sleep/night is mandatory for longevity.

32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on January 14, 2013
at 06:45 PM

When I'm really eating/feeling well often times I wake naturally and feel refreshed with just 6 hours of sleep.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on January 14, 2013
at 08:13 PM

"So many people seem to be programmed to slow down, during the winter." I'm pretty sure that's what we humans, as *animals,* are indeed, "programmed" to do during winter. It's only thanks to electric lights, 24-hour shopping centers, computers, and being able to buy mangoes and papayas at Whole Foods in Nebraska in the middle of winter, that we *don't* slow down anymore.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on January 14, 2013
at 06:03 PM

8 hours of sleep is "mandatory for longevity"? Perhaps for YOU, but not everyone.

04ca28a864b04ce6c5e6b43f84b25e0d

on January 18, 2013
at 05:28 AM

I used to think that too, MathGirl72. You'll find out the hard way or you'll believe the science. Life is full of fun possibilities.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on March 10, 2013
at 09:50 PM

Get all the toxins out of your lungs? Bleh... toxin hate.

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