Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs usually in the Autumn and winter months. You might of heard of the saying Winter Blues. Seasonal affective disorder can vary in severity and symptoms but it can be a very difficult thing for people to go through. I usually would dread this time of year coming but over the years I have found ways to make it a little bit easier. There are many different treatment options available for seasonal affective disorder and if you think you need proffesional help I would recommend making an appointment with your doctor. In the mean time there are many ways to improve it.
(1) Maintaining routine is essential especially during winter.
Who wants to get out of bed on those dark cold mornings? Nobody right but what can make getting out of bed easier. Set an alarm to your favorite morning playlist and start your day of right by getting some light exercise and a shower. If your like me and hate jogging you can always throw your yoga mat down in front of a television and follow a short yoga tutorial on youtube. Highly recommend checking out Yoga with Adriene on Youtube.
(2) Maintain a nutritious balance.
In the winter months all I want to live off is soup and cottage pie but maintaining a balanced diet is key to keeping you healthy. My favorite breakfast suggestion for the winter months that is both nutritious and super tasty is this fantastic vegetarian hash by BBC Good Food. It’s ready in less than half an hour and its so nutritious. Healthy body healthy mind.
(3) Keep a mood journal.
By keeping a mood journal you can stay on track and monitor your mental health. This will enable you to see what works and what doesn’t. It can also give you insights into triggers on your harder days and knowledge into what helped with the better days. If you don’t want to carry a journal on you there are some great apps for keeping track of your mood. One I tend to use is Moodflow.
(4) Get outside and breathe in some fresh air.
Lunch breaks are the perfect time to get out and breathe in some fresh air. If you work in an office all day and struggle with concentration in the winter months like I do, choosing to spend your lunch break outdoors not only benefits your lungs but also your mind. Getting a break away from the office to take a stroll through the park on a crisp afternoon can be both uplifting and energetic. The views of nature can be so aesthetically please during Fall Season and you will walk back to you office alert and ready to tackle the rest of your tasks for the day.
(5) Keep the future in sight
Sometimes it’s hard to see past all the rain, storms, and general discomfort winter can bring. Keep your rain jacket and umbrella close and invest in a pair of gloves for touchscreen phones. I dont particularly like Christmas but I do like new years eve. I try not dwell too much on my anxiety around Christmas and instead try immerse myself in new years planning or my upcoming birthday. Dress, shoes, make up styles. I instead try focus my attention on the excitement that comes with everything new years related and it helps keep me grounded and safe and just get through it. Focus on the memories and moments that excite you and make you feel good. It’ll make it much easier to get through the more difficult times smoothly and safely.
Plus who doesn’t love fireworks.
The winter months can feel like crap regardless of whether you suffer with seasonal affective disorder or not rain, snow, storms but that’s why you have to put in the effort to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. When one suffers depression it can be hard to resist the temptation to take to the bed but this will not benefit your health in the long run so try do what you can to stay healthy and active and banish them winter blues with perseverance and hope. It won’t stay winter forever.
Happy Reading Guys.
Lots of love Katie xx
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