Seasonal Depression: Getting Rid of the Blues

Throughout the school year, students have been able to go back to school and learn in person. However, this came with many consequences. Students have been struggling to adapt to this social environment, and some have been dealing with depression both in school and at home. 

Students who struggle with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school and college. The correlation between depression and academic performance is driven by many factors. It is natural for a student’s motivation to shift throughout the year, especially with existing stress caused by school. However, seasonal changes can also have a significant impact on a student’s energy and mood.

As temperatures drop and daylight hours shorten, student’s moods and energy levels tend to be lower as well. Many DMHS students experienced a lot of stress during the first semester in the fall. As the school progressed with winter approaching, students noted how they became much more stressed.

“You know with the days getting shorter in the fall, you feel like you run out of time quicker. With teachers starting to give more work, it can be stressful sometimes,” sophomore Shaun Prettypaul said.

Young adults are especially susceptible to this as stress affects their overall academic performance. They are more prone to feeling overwhelmed by expectations placed on them by parents and teachers. Moreover, as the weather changes and school-related stress increases, students may feel trapped by their responsibilities or be struck by depression.

The problem with seasonal depression is that the students feel a drop in motivation. Especially with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic combined with the winter cold, students can feel very isolated. This can lower their levels of self-esteem and discourage them from trying to get back on track. 

Good news? Yes! Spending more time outside is one of the most common recommendations for anyone fighting seasonal depression, and it’s as easy to do as taking a walk. Another remedy: keep a regular schedule for when you sleep, wake and eat! Your body will know what to expect and be happier.