Are you feeling a wee’ bit down (or hella down) at the moment but can't quite pinpoint why? Well, it could have something to do with the change in season, especially around this time of year.

The days are getting cut short and mornings are bloody freezing. Your ugg boots have been dusted off and you’ve whipped out your dressing gown. The biggest struggle right now is pulling yourself out of your toasty bed in the morning. It’s winter and you can certainly feel it in the air now.

For some, this is a welcomed change from the sticky, hot and bothersome days and sleepless summer nights.

But for others, it feels like it’s the beginning of the end- for your mood at least. You can’t be arsed dealing with your parents, procrastination is at an all-time high, going out to see your friends becomes a hassle and you’re straight up moody all the god damn time.

Well, you may have a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yep, that spells out SAD. And this is more common than you think. 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD, otherwise known as Seasonal Depression, is a very real illness. It is a condition where a person’s mood changes with the season.

Usually, you’re fine during the warmer months, but as the cold closes in, life feels a whole lot harder and all you want is to be in bed alone watching Gossip Girl for the fifth time. Maybe that was just me.

The point is, if you’ve ever felt bummed out come wintertime, it’s normal and you’re not alone. It’s not unusual as it’s estimated that 1 in 300 people in Australia experience SAD.

Although identifying SAD as the reason you're feeling down doesn’t mean you should wallow in it. SAD is certainly not something that can disappear by simply saying “don’t be sad”, but there are a few things that can help you out a bit.

Try going outside more often to soak up some sun rays, exercise a little, open up to your mates and talk about your feelings. Cut back on using social media and modify your eating.

More importantly, you should remember it’s okay not to be okay. To help overcome SAD, you’re going to have to accept that you’re likely to feel crap for a bit, but it will eventually pass. Realising what's going on within your own head is the first step to getting yourself better. 

You’re not alone. If you’re ever feeling bummed out and need someone to talk to, check out Headspace.

Year13 encourages anyone struggling to speak out about your mental health; it's never a bad time to ask for help:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia 1300 789 978

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

Headspace 1800 650 890