How to beat seasonal depression
Winter blues got to you too?
Millions of people are struggling with seasonal depression around the globe.
And let me tell you, it’s not easy – you feel like you’re carrying all the weight of the world on your shoulders.
But before you give up on happiness until March comes along, I want you to know that you can feel better. There are ways you can get back your energized self – and I’m here to show you how.
Why do we feel depressed in winter?
Most medical professionals believe that seasonal depression happens because of the lack of light that happens during the winter months.
Days get shorter, nights get longer – and we get less light.
In return, that makes our bodies produce more melatonin, the sleep hormone. As a result, we all feel more lethargic, fatigued, and obviously – our mood gets worse.
Let’s get you feeling better!
Here’s are the 7 ways I use to fight seasonal depression!
1. Get as much sun as you can
Since the lack of light is often the biggest trigger, you know what I’m going to say – get as much sunlight as you can!
I know you’re not in the mood. I know you’re feeling tired. And I bet you’re tempted to spend the whole day hiding in.
But do the exact opposite. Use up all the sunlight you can throughout the day. It will do you good, I promise!
Wake up early to get as much light as possible. Spend at least an hour or two outside – just walk around breathing fresh air. Don’t let rain or snow stop you – bundle up and head outside!
2. Give aromatherapy a try
Aromatherapy can do wonders for your mood. Aromas like lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang are some of the many your brain perceives as pleasant.
Elevate your mood by using them. You don’t need much to get started – even a scented lavender candle would do the trick.
You can also use oil diffusers and scented sticks around your home – or rub some essential oils on your temples.
But do you know what’s my favorite? For an instant mood boost, pair aromatherapy with a nice, long bath – the winter blues have got nothing on you now!
3. Talk it out with friends!
Whenever you sense your feelings are getting too strong and too dark, talk to someone. Just tell them how you’ve been feeling.
I know, I know – you don’t feel like talking. But trust me when I say, people would do you good right now.
Spend as much time as you can around people that spread positive vibes. You can invite someone over – or simply head outside and mingle with others.
Think coffee & lunch dates with coworkers, group work out classes or co-working places – literally, use up every chance you’ve got to be around people. Even video calls with old friends are great for improving your mood!
4. Exercise daily
You know what we said about that extra melatonin making you feel sluggish?
Well, one of the best ways to fight it is to exercise daily. Exercising makes your body produce endorphins – and endorphins help you feel good!
You don’t have to push through hours of cardio every day. Even some light stretching, yoga or walking fast around the block are enough to notice a significant difference.
5. Plan something exciting
Summer is all fun and games – but then comes winter and you’re mostly shuffling between work and home. Yeah – I know the feeling.
But you know what? It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to spend winter locked up in your house.
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from having fun!
Plan a weekend getaway with your girls. Do a day trip to a nearby town. Book a spa appointment. Treat yourself – and re-learn how to get excited about stuff again!
6. Get a pet!
Animals are the best anti-depressants in the world! I honestly have no idea what my life used to look like before Leo.
So open your home to a new member – and open your heart. Go get yourself a pet - a cat, a dog, anything you like! They’ll transform your life.
You won’t feel lonely ever again – and you’ll be surprised to see just how much love they’re willing to give you.
7. Nurture your mind
The winter is a great time to work on your self-development. Working on yourself will help you keep your spirits high – and get you hyped up about meeting your self-development goals.
Not sure where to start?
Well, start small. Take upon the habit of meditating daily. Journal your thoughts before bed. Develop good habits. Ignite your intuition – it’s there, I promise!
Don’t wait until spring comes around to be happy. Create your own happiness – and it’ll only double up once summertime arrives again.
How do you fight seasonal depression? What do you do to make yourself feel better?
Share with me in the comments and let me know – let’s help our whole community feel better!
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