Tips to Combat The Winter Blues

Let’s face it, winter sucks! It’s cold, damp, and just downright dreary. This can lead to what’s often referred to as the “winter blues”. To think of the winter as a dark, lonely time isn’t unusual. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, often known as SAD. It’s believed to be directly related to the change in weater, lack of light, and general feeling of the winter season. Today, I want to share some tips to combat the winter blues!

When it comes to seasonal depression, the conventional wisdom is that it will eventually pass. While this may be true for some, it’s not generally true for everyone. That’s because there may be underlying issues of clinical depression or anxiety that fuel the “winter blues” that someone may be feeling. As with many things that center around mental health, it’s not as clear-cut as it appears.

The Winter Blues Wolf
Be like the wolf, in winter!

Some Tips to Combat the Winter Blues

  1. Figure out what may be causing them. In this case, try and pinpoint at least one thing that may be making you feel down. Once you do, it may be easier to work towards a solution.
  2. Realize that this is totally normal, and you’re not alone. As I said earlier, many people go through this each year. Knowing that you’re not alone can be a great comfort.
  3. Get some sun! I know this is tough when the days are shorter but just a 10 minute walk in the sun can help boost your mood. The vitamin D that the sun gives off has been shown to elevate mood.
  4. Seek out people to connect with. Connection with others is important, especially this time of year. Cultivate new friendships/relationships, and maybe build on existing ones. Support is always key.
  5. Finally, if you’ve done all of these things and STILL struggle, ask for professional help. There’s no shame in therapy. I mentioned that in my previous post about therapy and stand by it.

Conclusion

Wrapping up this week’s thoughts, I want to encourage you to not let the winter blues get you down. We all have them, especially around the holidays. I’m not sure what it is about this time of year, but people seem to get hit with SAD most often around now.

To learn more about SAD, check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it! Also, if you find yourself struggling more than usual, reach out to a professional for help.

Until next time, be well and Namaste!

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