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12/09/2016
Children can be difficult to understand at times, and it becomes even more complicated when they hit adolescence! If you have noticed a change in their behavior over the past few months that you’re struggling to understand, don’t worry! You are not alone. When the shorter days and longer nights start to set in, we can all start to feel a bit down and ‘under the weather.' However, some people actually suffer from a form of cyclical depression known as ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder.' Young people and adolescents are particularly at risk of this phenomenon, which could explain why your child has been acting so strangely recently.

What Can I Do About It?

In this article, The Tutoring Center, Upland CA, would like to give you a bit more information about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how you can support your child through this difficult time of year.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or ‘SAD’ for short, is a name for the feelings of depression and low mood that many people experience during the fall and winter months. These changes are believed to occur due to changes in the body’s circadian rhythm that controls the drive to sleep, along with fluctuations in the hormones melatonin and serotonin due to the reduced amount of sunlight.

Impact on School-Age Children

One of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lack of motivation and a loss of enthusiasm for activities that your child has previously enjoyed. During these fall and winter months, they may become apathetic in their classes, their grades may begin to drop suddenly, and they could prefer to spend less time outdoors with their friends and more time in bed. A great way that you can support them through this difficult period is with tutoring in Upland CA to ensure they don't fall behind in school. If your child is falling behind already, speak with The Tutoring Center, Upland CA at (909) 579-0274 to learn about how one-on-one tutoring in Upland can help your child reach their potential.

How To Help and Support Your Child

There’s nothing worse than seeing your child go through a tough time. There are many things that you can do to help them stay positive and keep their symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder under control during the fall and winter months. If you have noticed changes in your student, consider the following:
  • First off, make sure that you maintain open, positive communication between you and your children at all times. By listening to your child, you help them to feel supported and also provide them with an outlet for their worries or concerns. This type of psychological support is invaluable for anyone experiencing feelings of depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  • Secondly, ensure that your child spends time outdoors, even in the colder weather. SAD is thought to be brought on by fluctuations in levels of certain hormones in the human body in response to a lack of sunlight. Combat these changes by walking your children home from school while it’s still light or by encouraging them to spend their lunch break out in the yard rather than staying indoors.
  • Thirdly, make sure that your child is performing regular exercise. Studies have found that people with SAD have lower levels of serotonin - the body’s ‘feel-good’ hormone. This is thought to be one of the reasons for their low mood and depression. Exercise increases serotonin production and release. It also works as a natural antidepressant. On top of this, exercise also releases chemicals called endorphins, which add to a feeling of positivity and well-being.
  • Lastly, stick to a strict sleep schedule. Another hormone that is affected by a lack of sunlight is melatonin. This affects your body’s natural drive for sleep or wake. During seasons with shorter days and longer nights, this natural cycle can become confused, which is thought to contribute to SAD. Make sure that your child goes to bed at the same time every night and wakes up at the same time every morning in order to ensure that their natural sleep-drive is optimized.

Help Your Child Get Back on Track with Tutoring in Upland CA

If your child has been struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder and has begun to fall behind at school, tutoring in Upland, CA can help. With one-on-one programs designed to give students the level of attention they need to get back on track, your child is sure to succeed with tutoring. Speak with The Tutoring Center, Upland CA at (909) 579-0274 to find out how your child can benefit from tutoring in Upland, CA.

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