Many people (myself included) feel worse during the winter. I have depression all year long but without the sunlight and warmth it can be exasperated in the winter. However, for some winter is what brings on their mental health problem – SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a joke and happens when the seasons change (typically into the winter months).
No matter what your reason is for feeling the ‘winter blues’ here are a few tips you can use:
- Get some sunlight – it may be difficult with the reduced hours of daylight and the cold that is outside but do your best to get as much sun as you can, go for a walk at lunch, open your curtains for natural sunlight.
- Take vitamin D – this comes from the sun, so with the lack of sunlight we aren’t getting as much as is needed
- Exercise – it has been proven that exercise helps release our feel good hormones
- Play some cheery music – or whatever is your favourite music
- Talk to someone – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – therapy is not a bad thing and if you need the help then please go speak with someone
Some days may be better than other days and that’s ok. But when you are feeling low or burnt out try some or all of the above tips. You are not alone.