When the seasons change, especially when it changes to colder, gloomier and gross, it’s not uncommon to feel a little down, depressed and in the dumps.
Lots of people experience seasonal affective disorder, or most commonly known as, seasonal depression when they enter into a season they don’t love so much (although it’s most commonly seen during the winter months when things get colder and more isolated anyway!).
A few signs you might be experiencing seasonal depression without even knowing include:
- Overeating and weight gain
- Craving carbohydrates
- Feeling the need to isolate yourself
- Lack of concentration
If you happen to be feeling any (or all) of the above, you’re not alone. Below are some of our favorite tips on how to get through the winter slump and take care of yourself along the way:
1. Keep a healthy and active lifestyle. Workouts help release dopamine which can improve your mood and help you feel good. Healthy foods are also connected to feeling healthier and happier so making sure you are eating fresh fruits and vegetables and maintaining a balanced diet can help.
3. Write your feelings down. SAD can get us feeling down and make us overthink. Keeping a journal helps us remove those overwhelming thoughts from our minds and onto paper.
4. Brighten up your space. Make sure you keep your blinds open, replace dark window curtains with sheer, light ones. Add plants to your indoor space, and try to avoid a dark cave like home by keeping your lights on for longer.
Seasonal depression is just that, seasonal. It’ll pass, but until it does, try incorporating some of the tips above to get yourself feeling like yourself again.
What are some ways you like to take care of yourself during cold, winter months??