Seasonal Depression is something many people deal with- and don’t know it. I’m sharing some easy ways for coping with seasonal depression and how you can get through it each season!
Tips on Coping With Seasonal Depression
With the changing of seasons, a lot of people find themselves struggling with depression. Many factors contribute to this phenomenon. The most common has to do with changes in temperature and sunlight, or sadness surrounding holidays themselves. This is something I have personally struggled with each winter. I’ve suffered from post-partum depression since the birth of my last child, and over the years it’s been an up and down roller coaster. Since this is such a common situation, we have decided to share some easy tips for Coping With Seasonal Depression. This year the weather and season changes don’t have to cause your world to flip upside down.
Go For Counseling: Some people have gone through counseling in years past, but they feel like there is no longer a need for it. With season changes, a lot of people experience added depression. A few visits to a counselor again can help you get your mind back on track and focused.
Take A Weekend Away: Sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need. Going to a warmer climate, an area with more sunshine or visiting an old friend can be a great pick me up. Getting out of your house and enjoying some relaxing time away from home can help tremendously.
Invest In Sun Lamps: For many people, it indeed is the lack of sunlight that causes their mood to shift. Invest in quality sun lamps and utilize them for at least an hour a day. This can be an inexpensive way to overcome your seasonal depression.
Increase Vitamins: A good multi-vitamin is always a great decision, but when it comes to depression there are many others your doctor may recommend. Sit down with your physician and discuss what supplements and vitamins would help your mood without interfering with your other daily medications. This year, I’d have to say, I have done better with taking my vitamins on a daily basis.
Get Good Sleep: While depression often brings on excess sleep, it can also create insomnia. This is one that I am still struggling with on a nightly basis. Getting quality sleep during the seasonal changes can help tremendously. If you find yourself unable to sleep at night, check with your doctor about supplements or medications to help with sleep. If you find you aren’t getting enough sleep, adjust your schedule and go to bed earlier. New pillows, proper chiropractic care and noise canceling earplugs can all contribute to a good nights sleep.
Seek Medical Treatment: As much as you may balk at taking medication, sometimes it is the best choice. Before the seasonal depression hits full swing, seek out your physician for their recommendations on medical intervention. There are many mild anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications that can help your mood tremendously with minimal side effects.
This year, you don’t have to fall victim to the depression that has plagued you in the past. Use these tips for coping with seasonal depression, and come out in Spring joyful and ready for a fresh start again.