It’s that time of year again, folks. It’s cold, dark and often wet. Adding to that this year, though, is the global pandemic that has uprooted our lives and routines making this winter even harder on us mentally.
2020 has been one of the most challenging years of many of our lives and we have certainly fought a long and hard battle against COVID-19. Unfortunately that fight is not yet over and we need to hunker down for this upcoming winter, which is certainly going to take a toll on many’s mental health.
Mental health is a year long issue, but with the winter comes something referred to as seasonal depression. Seasonal depression, also referred to as SAD, is a form of depression that generally happens in the late fall, when there is less natural sunlight and the days become shorter and colder.
Seasonal depression can affect those with or without other mental health issues because we all need sunlight! Fortunately there are many ways one can combat seasonal depression.
To combat seasonal depression, you can do the following:
Purchase special lights that can help fight the negative implications of not being exposed to as much sunlight. Light therapy, as it’s called, is a newer concept, but there are many studies that show its success!
Practice MORE self care. Self care is important all year round, but especially during those colder months at the end of the year that we just need that extra boost of serotonin to get by! Three great ways to practice self care are to read a book, talk to a friend or exercise!
Take care of your overall health as much as you can. During those colder months where we may feel less motivated, it is so important to make sure you are hydrating, nourishing and resting enough!
Stick to a schedule. In a time where we have little control over the weather, we can take control over our schedules. Routine may help you keep on top of your life!
Stay connected. When you are feeling less motivated and more negative, what better remedy than to spend time with those you love?
Mental health is a serious health issue and should not be taken lightly. If you need help, reach out!