Towards the end of the year, many parts of the country experience a time change – Daylight Savings Time. After the clocks ‘Fall Back’, the days become shorter and we experience much less daylight. Due to the lack of sun exposure, many people start to feel down and depressed – this is called the Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
It seems to be immediate, right when the clocks change so does our mood. There are many different ways to combat the unwanted symptoms that seem to arise during this time of here. Here are a few ideas of how to beat the SAD Winter Blues.
- Light Therapy – similar to when we are out in the sun, a seasonal depression light therapy lamp causes our brains to release the chemical serotonin. Serotonin is also known as the ‘Happy Chemical’ because it is what helps boost our mood and gives us more energy.
- Plan a trip or vacation – having something to look forward to is a great way to stay in good spirits.
- Take a walk – going outside, even if it’s only for 15 minutes, is the perfect way to get the sunshine that your body needs.
- Stick to a schedule – when you follow a daily schedule, life just seems to be easier. You don’t have to worry about rushing to get some where or stressing about having enough time to get ready in the morning.
Following even just one of these recommendations can help you fight depression and have a happier and healthier winter.