You might not, "just be feeling sad". This is the time of year when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may affect you or a loved one most. Many people may not have heard about "seasonal depression" and the realities of it.
I write this is in the hopes to provide validation. Your experiences are not abnormal- they may be a reaction to your environment. I hope that this information assures you that you are not alone. Many people experience symptoms of SAD, don't be afraid to talk about it!
Lastly, I hope that you feel reassured that you don't have to suffer. There are supportive tools that you can use to help reduce and manage the discomfort.
What is seasonal affective disorder?
I'm sure you've heard about "seasonal depression", or maybe someone called it "the winter blues". But, yes, it's a real thing- and diagnostically speaking it is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health,