Seasonal depression is a real issue for a lot of people. If you’re feeling down this winter, don’t feel like you’re alone and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Here are a few of our best tips to help you manage your winter blues:
SEE THE OUTSIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
One of the main causes of seasonal depression is a lack of sunlight. We tend to stay inside more during the winter, so try to sit by windows when you can, avoid dark rooms, and get outside as often as possible. Winter activities such as sledding, building snowmen, and playing outside with your kids are a great way to help overcome winter blues.
Every time we talk about mental health, we talk about exercise, and that’s because working out is proven to help improve your mood. Hit the gym as often as possible, or, try taking walks outside every day. That way you are getting some outdoor time along with exercise.
DO LIGHT THERAPY
This is a common treatment for seasonal depression. If you sit in front of a light box for 30-60 minutes a day, this can help fight off seasonal depression. A great option is a lightbox that is connected to an alarm clock. It can mimic a sunrise and help get you your daily dose of light as soon as you wake up!
The cold can make you feel more depressed. Try keeping your house between 65 and 70 degrees and wear a lot of layers when going outside! Also take advantage of hot drinks like coffee and tea!
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TALK ABOUT IT
If your seasonal depression isn’t getting better – seek help! Talking to a therapist is a great way to relieve stress and they can give you even more ideas on how to beat your winter blues.