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Tips on How to Avoid Seasonal Depression

As we transition from Summer to Fall and then to Winter, I know it is common for a lot of us to get hit with seasonal depression. Unfortunately there is no “cure all” solution for the feelings we experience as the seasons are changing, but I hope these tips can help you out a little bit :) After talking with friends and drawing from my own experiences, I have compiled a list of tips to help avoid some of these unwanted feels!

GETTING OUTSIDE

Although it can be tempting to stay in bed once the weather gets cold, it is so important to incorporate fresh air into your day! Taking a walk with your pet or friends, going for a run or hike, visiting the pumpkin patch, having a fall themed picnic and riding your bike are all great ways to get outside.

KEEPING PLANTS IN YOUR SPACE

I have found that keeping plants around my living space during the winter and fall give the illusion of summer and spring time. They bring a warm and colorful vibe to my apartment. My favorite kind of plants are succulents because they’re cute, inexpensive and easier to take care of. This can give you a sense of accomplishment because you have to take care of something outside of yourself! If you don’t think you’re up to watering plants every so often, you can always find fun fake flowers. You can find succulents and other small house plants at places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, TJ MAXX and Michaels.

STAYING ON A SCHEDULE

Seasonal depression can often times lead to a lack of motivation and feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. A good way to combat this is keeping a schedule and writing out to do lists for your days. Even if your list consists of activities like showering, brushing your teeth, making your bed or cleaning your room it will help keep yourself accountable and give you a sense of fulfillment. During these colder months, I think it is very helpful to add in more movement, meditation and journaling to your daily schedule. These activities can help us check in with ourselves and keep our mind a clearer space.

PURCHASING A SUN LAMP

Another more costly idea to help with seasonal depression is buying a sun lamp. This is a light that imitates the sun that can help regulate your mood. So, if you feel like you’re lacking sunlight in your daily routine maybe check out this option! You can find these on Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc.

Hi! I am a senior SCOM major at JMU. I am from Carrollton, VA and I am 21.
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