5 tips for fighting seasonal depression.

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I think it’s about time someone wrote a winter blues anthem in the same vein as Lana’s summertime sadness. The shorter daylight hours, crappy cold weather, and just overall feeling of gloom really do a number on a person. I know we’re on the better side of winter solstice (it was December 21) so the days are slooowly getting longer, but until we get to that point, S.A.D is gonna be hanging around.

Well, what exactly is S.A.D.?

This stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is basically depression brought on by the season change. It tends to linger from late fall until the start of spring, and results in symptoms like the following:

• low motivation
• insomnia
• fatigue
• apathy
• weight gain
• moodiness
• appetite change
• trouble concentrating

Basically, life just feels really dang hard, okay? To help us all survive until sunnier days (literally and figuratively), I decided to put together a list of tips to cope with the winter blues. I hope that if you’re struggling some of these lend themselves to be useful to you. ♥

1. EXERCISE:

Exercise releases endorphins, which can totally help boost your mood. I know that it’s hard to find the urge to workout when you’re feeling down, but it only takes about 15 minutes of exercise to get you going! And there’s so many types of exercise, you’re bound to find something you like. Do some jumping jacks, sun salutations, dance to your favorite guilty pleasure music, or even go for a walk; just get yourself moving! You’ll feel that increase in your mood soon.

2. EAT HEALTHIER:

When you feel crappy it seems much more convenient to sit with a box of pizza rolls and binge watch Netflix, but it really becomes a cycle. When you eat junk, you feel like junk. If you just take a few extra minutes a day to prepare yourself healthier foods, you’ll really start to notice a difference. Your body needs good vitamins and nutrients to get your cells functioning at their best, so it only makes sense to provide it with the things it really needs, not the greasy food your brain thinks it needs.

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3. LISTEN TO MUSIC:

Music has been found to immensely affect our moods, so why not make yourself a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs to listen to every time you start feeling down? Better yet, why not put together a rad playlist (I think I’m going to start doing monthly playlists for y’all) of music that makes you feel like getting up and moving, so you dance some exercise into your day as well?

4. START A HOBBY:

Giving yourself a creative outlet can help cultivate positive emotions because you start feeling productive and accomplished. You might find it hard to start, but one you pick something and get going, it’ll be super rewarding! I tend to pick up crocheting in the colder months, but this year keeping my blog running and thriving has been my focus. The possibilities are endless!

5. GET OUTSIDE:

I know that it’s cold, but bundle yourself up and find a reason to get your booty outside. Take a walk to the corner store, around the neighborhood, or even just to your mailbox; once a day give yourself an excuse to just get yourself outside. The vitamin D you absorb from being outside during the day can significantly help your mood, going for walks will help with focus, and in general your stress levels will decrease. Plus, again you’re exercising so you’ll release endorphins. (If you really just can’t get out there, check out vitamin D lamps!)

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I know struggling through that winter funk can be rough, but I’m confident these tips will help you start on your path to turning the season around for yourself! If for some reason you really find yourself struggling, I encourage you to seek out a medical professional!

How do you make it through winter?
Any more tips you’d add?

14 Comments

  1. Bonnie Marrow January 11, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I can totally relate to this, get outside ornjuat get out of the house! I have found that if I let myself I’ll lay around the house all day and the longer I do that the harder it is to get out of the house.

  2. Kate January 11, 2017 / 10:47 am

    These are great tips! I’m home from work today, and planning to bundle up my son and I to take our dog for a walk this afternoon. A little fresh air and sunshine (or what passes as sunshine during an Ohio winter) will feel so nice!

  3. Clarissa January 11, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Girl, I am doing all of these as much as possible! Moving from Florida to Colorado was way more of an impact on me than I thought! I didn’t even know SAD existed until I moved here and had to look up why I was in such a funk. Snow is not my jam man.

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  4. Bria | Tendril Wild Blog January 11, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Kate, I LOVE this post. As someone who suffers from SAD occasionally (omg, just realized that acronym spells “sad”…how weirdly fitting, lol!), I found this post to be really informative and encouraging.
    Some of the new habits I’m adopting in this new year, are several of the ones you mentioned here, such as exercising and eating healthier. I’m also starting a bullet journal to help organize some of my thoughts and feelings and to get better at practicing mindfulness.

    Okay, I’m off to explore more of your blog now! 🙂

    http://www.tendrilwild.com/slay-your-morning-routine/

  5. Dawn January 12, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I totally agree with you, this a really tough part about the winter. People used to joke this was just a fad or that it was made up, but I am happy to see people are coming around and recognizing it as a real issue. These are all great suggestions to overcome it too!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 14, 2017 / 11:24 pm

      December really did it for me. The sneaky warmer weather we’ve had lately has been helping though!! x

  6. Jazzi Kelley January 13, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Great tips, especially the exercise! I never realized how much that could help until this year.

    I would also add that it’s a good idea to add a vitamin D3 supplement. Unless you’re exposing most of your body to sunlight for long enough to get burned, you probably aren’t making enough vitamin D on your own.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 14, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      I definitely need to add a vitamin D supplement. I’ll take a look into D3, thanks!! x

  7. Lianne January 13, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Great blog, going to share. I always had sad. In wintertime I take extra vitamins and supplemts and always, always let the light in my house. No closed curtains. And make yourself go outside (get a dog ^^)

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 14, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      thanks for sharing! I love love LOVE getting natural light in my house, though living in the city it can be hard sometimes! and I’ve definitely got puppy fever right now, oop

  8. Atim I EffiFit January 13, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I definitely get this way. The sun hasn’t been out in over a week. I use a light box during winter and that has helped me.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 14, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      I definitely should’ve looked into one of those in the beginning of the winter. At this point, I’m hoping to just make it through till spring! x

  9. Camille January 15, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Thank you for this post! I always feel funky during the winter/early spring, and I always have to remind myself there are things I can do to help.

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