During this time of the year, some of us may experience seasonal depression (similar to SeasonalAffective Disorder) without even realizing it.
Some symptoms may include:
- a persistent low mood
- a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feelings of despair, guilt, and worthlessness
- feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
- craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
- difficulty concentrating
- Don’t let the winter blues get you down.
Here are five proven tips to help brighten your winter days:
- Take a Break from the News:
Try to limit the amount of time you spend in front of a screen. Consuming a non-stop news cycle can increase the winter blues.
- Embrace the Outdoors:
Bundle up and take a daily stroll in the crisp winter air. Nature’s beauty can work wonders for your mood.
- Light Up Your Space:
Maximize natural light at home. Open curtains, position your workspace near a window and consider investing in a light therapy box.
- Connect and Share:
Stay connected with friends and family, even if it’s virtual. Share your feelings with others.
- Consult with a Nutritionist or Physician:
Discuss how altering what you eat can boost your mood (like adding vitamin D). It could be a sign of the winter blues if you have feelings of sadness or feel down, especially through the winter months. However, if it interferes with your ability to function in your daily life, it could be something more serious. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
Posted on December 18, 2023 View the blog