5 ways to help curb seasonal affective disorder, about 5-6% people in the US suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Winter months are a hard transition, everything goes from sunny and bright to dull and shady. And if you live in a place that is locked in by mountains like Utah or Colorado, inversion and smog can set into the valleys furthering the dullness of the winter months.
While these months can be tough, I have found a few ways that help curb that seasonal affective disorder and help you feel like a bit more hopeful about life.
(disclaimer this is not anyway a treatment plan or solution, just some things that help myself cope and I hope they help you as well.)
I know I know, this can be a tough one, but I have found very necessary when my seasonal affective disorder starts creeping in. This doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and doing an extensive workout, more just getting up and moving.
I like to switch it up by going on walks around the neighborhood, doing yoga, and going to the gym to get some personalized workouts in.
2. Exposure to light
Places that get an inversion layer have a harder time getting light and that much-needed sunshine to reenergize the mind, body, and soul. Being exposed to light has a definite impact on mood, especially for someone who suffers from a seasonal affective disorder.
Another way to get light is “artificial light“, there are special lamps that can be purchased that can help curb the scarce amount of light, as well as light bulbs.
At one point I even went to tanning bed just to be able to have light all around me (not recommended for everyone).
Having consistent light can definitely help boost your mood for seasonal affective disorder.
3. Routine changes
Having a daily routine can be great and all, but can get mundane and lifeless in the winter months. Switching up your daily routine can help curb that seasonal affective disorder, even just something as small as changing up your morning coffee or tea can alter some change and make it feel like you aren’t doing the same thing over and over.
If limits allow traveling and getting away (even if it’s a short weekend trip) can help break up routine and slump that one can feel with seasonal affective disorder.
4. Eating certain foods
Diet impacts us as a human being in so many ways, and it’s no surprise that those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder need to be mindful of what we put in our bodies! It’s important to keep track of what our diet consists of and try to stick to healthier and more mindful options (this can be tough during the holidays since there are so many baked goodies!)
This doesn’t mean cut out sweets and baked goods entirely (after all chocolate is good for the soul) but just being more mindful of what we put in our bodies, and drinking lots of water!
This is a personal one that has really helped me. Listening to more uplifting music can help alter your mood and can help those suffering in the winter months. From Christmas music to even a steady upbeat instrumental, music is a great way to help fill the quietness and boost you up from feeling low.
These are just some of the many remedies that can help curb seasonal affective disorder, while in no way am I qualified to treat or diagnose seasonal affective disorder my hope is that these alternative outlets can help. If you are experiencing any kind of depression consult a professional and get the help you need.
As always happy writing!