Often known as “winter depression” Seasonal Affective Disorder – AKA SAD – is a type of depression that comes and goes by season, but is often more prevalent in the winter time due to the darker mornings and nights and the cold weather. It can be so hard to deal with, especially those days where bed is cozy and the rest of the world is freezing, but there are ways to make it easier to cope with and ease the horrid depressive feelings.
Some of the most common symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are:
- A persistent low mood
- Feeling lethargic and sleepy throughout the day
- Craving carbohydrates
A lot of these symptoms can stop people from living their day-to-day lives effectively making them feel even lower which can sometimes prolong the symptoms. There are ways to help you ease them, however, which I will list below.
THERAPY! I have talked about therapy soooo much on the blog, but seriously everyone, therapy or counselling can help you a lot. Even if it’s just by talking about your worries and fears for an hour every couple of weeks, it might keep you going through the harder months. You can even partake in online therapy from the comfort of your own home (because we all know that the outdoors can be cold and hard to deal with) here: https://www.betterhelp.com/online-therapy/
We all know that exercise can help with low moods. A walk in the middle of the day won’t only get you outside, but will also expose you to the sun which is so important as lack of vitamin D can add to low moods. Vitamin D is important to keep your body healthy as well which will also help you get past the blues.
Vitamin D Supplements
As stated above, vitamin D is important, but during the winter months it can be so hard to get enough due to the lack of sun. This can be easily rectified through a diet of certain foods such as oily fish, red meat, egg yolks etc. However, this can also be hard to stick to so I’d suggest picking up vitamin D pills or gummies to get you through the winter.
Yup, another thing we know helps with low moods. It’s not a mistake that you hear it all the time, it’s because it works. If you’re keeping yourself healthy in every other sense then your mental health will benefit from it. Healthy body, healthy mind.
Being cold might make you feel more depressed, and it’s such an easy way to feel better. Wear warm clothes, drink hot drinks, eat hot food and use your heating. This is one of the easiest things you can do on the list and you should definitely try it.
As the winter is dark, it can help to sit on front of a light box for around 30 minutes to an hour each day. They give out a very bright light which is around 10 times stronger than your average house light. They are proven to help with low moods, but can be very expensive.
Keep Friends and Family Close
Sometimes seeing the people we love can give us a bit of a boost and it’s proven that socialising is actually good for your mental health, say yes to invitations even if you can only manage to go for a short while.
Feeling productive can help us feel accomplished. Taking up a new hobby keeps your mind active with something you’re interested in and gives you something to look forward to. Whether it’s knitting, swimming, sewing, cooking etc. Keep your mind active and you’ll feel so much better.
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