Coping with Seasonal Depression

For some people, the seasons that bring colder temperatures are the most wonderful times of the year. For others, like myself, it is the time of year you dread the most. Accompanied by layers of clothing and heavy coats to stay warm, no sunlight after 5 p.m. because of daylight savings, winter can bring seasonal depression. 

Apparently, seasonal depression is a real thing. Recognized by medical professionals as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it is a type of depression that is related to changes in the seasons, typically with cooler weather. 

Spend time with friends! It is scientifically proven that spending time with others and socializing can improve your health. Grab lunch at your favorite café, do karaoke, go shopping, have a girl’s night out! 

Get active! Go for a walk, do yoga, start a dancing class! Do anything to increase your heart rate. This will also increase the level of endorphins your body produces, resulting in a better mood. 

Get some sun! Even if you can’t stand the cold, there are usually a handful of days that are decent enough to get outside. Get some vitamin D, even if it’s only 10 minutes. I guarantee you will feel better. 

Do things you enjoy to keep your mind occupied or find a hobby. Whatever or however you like to spend your free time, do it! Whether it be traveling, painting, baking, or reading, if it brings you joy, make time for it.  SELF-CARE!  If this time of year is hard for you, you cannot forget this. You will never regret investing time in yourself. Practicing self-care is crucial! Do a face mask, meditate, take a bubble bath, have a glass of wine while watching your favorite movie! Do anything that will contribute to your well-being. 

There are ways you can fight against seasonal depression and keep those happy vibes going strong all year!

 

All Images from GIFY/Pexels