Daylight savings time has come and gone. The days are getting colder and it seems as though night comes quicker than we’d like. Have you ever caught yourself feeling down at certain times of the year such as now? At times, those spurts of feeling down “for no reason” can be shaken but some times we just can’t seem to get it together. Is this more serious than just being in a funk?
Seasonal depression or seasonal affective depression (SAD) is a form of depression in which a person is usually affected during the change of the seasons. Although there is a small percentage of people who suffer from seasonal depression in the spring/summer transitions, most experience SAD in the fall and winter months.
Here are a few symptoms to look out for if you believe you are enduring seasonal depression:
- Weight gain
- Loss of interest in normal activity
- Mood swings
- Lack of concentration
- Weight loss
Because we love you, we’ve come up with 8 ways to combat seasonal depression this fall and winter.
Talk To A Medical Professional:
For many years, we’ve shied away from the idea of seeing a professional. However, today more and more people are getting comfortable with seeking help from a specialist to give them assistance in sorting out any psychological obstacles. Talking about it really helps.
Get Some Exercise:
Have you ever gotten in the groove of working out and felt so good that nothing could mess up that good energy? Well it’s proven that regular exercise is a major way to battle seasonal depression. This way you can get in shape while breaking a sweat and simultaneously fight that melancholy slump.
Aromatherapy also known as essential oil therapy is a holistic method used to heal the mind, body and spirit. Plant extracts help to stimulate and balance us physically and emotionally.
Have A Balanced Diet:
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat! Make sure you are eating foods that fuel you with energy. Taking vitamins are gainful to your mental and physical health.
Write Down Your Thoughts:
It’s always a good idea to keep a journal when mental challenges come your way. It gives us the opportunity to express ourselves in writing where we can self reflect as well as identify any patterns we may not have noticed before.
Follow A Regular Schedule:
Routine can become monotonous but it does have its benefits. Following a regular schedule creates stability and helps us to be more productive.
Get Some Sunlight:
During the colder months it gets dark so much earlier than in spring and summertime. Lack of sunlight can lead to clinical depression. Be sure to get as much sun as possible. Taking a stroll while on your lunch break goes a long way!
Take A Vacay:
Whether you’re taking a short weekend trip or planning to go somewhere far, getting away is a great what to recharge and come back refreshed and better than before!
What are some other ways that we can ease depression this season? Comment below.