TIPS ON HOW TO HELP SOOTHE SEASONAL DEPRESSION
Reminder: It’s normal to feel extra tired and blue during the months of winter. In fact, around 20% of us have a mild form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
The days are shorter, the weather is colder, but that doesn’t mean your mood has to stay down. Doing things to take care of your mind and body, such as just being aware of your mood, can make a drastic difference.
TIP #1. Get more sunlight. Setting an alarm a little earlier to get the most sunshine out of your day can really make a difference.
TIP #2. Move! Take a walk, go to the gym or do some exercises on a mat at home. Whatever it is, do it!
TIP #3. Get on a schedule. Have a set time you go to bed and wake up in the morning. By doing this, you avoid being tired during the day from a bad sleep schedule that’s not giving you enough sleep.
TIP #4. Write it out. Pick up a pen and write it out! Go to the store, get a shiny new journal, and write it out whenever you’re feeling down. (Tip: Write before bedtime so you can reflect and capture events from the day.)
TIP #5. Get more Vitamin D! Lower levels of vitamin D has been associated with seasonal affective disorder. Go to the store and get a supplement with good vitamin D levels.