Learn How the Changing Seasons Can Have an Impact On Your Mental Health
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during the changing seasons. Only about 6% of the population suffers from SAD, while many others suffer from a less severe form referred to as the winter blues. Most people experience symptoms of the winter blues beginning in fall and continuing through the winter months. The cause of the winter blues is not directly known but a huge factor is the lack of sunlight during the winter months. Winter blues are common, but also treatable.
There are many methods to beat the winter blues.
- Physical Activity: Exercise has been known to help with other forms of depression as well. Outdoor exercise is recommended, but if staying inside is your only option; try to choose a place near a window.
- Go Outside: Expose yourself to as much sunlight as possible. Open the curtains in your house, and take walks outside.
- Journal: Writing down your thoughts and troubles can help you feel more aware of your mood and productively release some of the negativity.
- Schedule: Keep a consistent schedule that allows you to wake up, go to sleep, and eat at similar times each day.
- Light Therapy: The light from a light therapy box mimics sunlight, which has many benefits such as helping to stimulate your body’s circadian rhythms.
Follow these tips and beat the blues this winter!