Tips on how to get depressed in the winter

Tips on how to get depressed in the winter

Many people suffer from winter depression. When it’s cold, dark and miserable outside, it can have a huge impact on a person’s mood and mindset.

Known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), winter depression can make many people feel depressed, irritable, lethargic and generally down. And if you feel that way, you are not alone. It is estimated that winter depression or SAD affects around 2 million people in the UK and more than 12 million people across Europe.

The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent winter depression.

What helps seasonal depression?

Stay active

While exercising during the winter months is hardly appealing, it is important that you stay as active as possible as it will have a huge impact on your daily mood.

Focusing on getting in shape and enjoying a sport that you love can help you cope with the winter blouse and release lots of happy endorphins.

Get outside

While defying the weather and getting outside is probably the last thing on your mind when it’s freezing cold, it can really help lift your spirits, especially on the brighter winter days when the sun makes a welcome appearance.

Even a 30-minute walk in the daytime can really help combat the winter blouse.

Seek the sun

The symptoms of winter depression are exacerbated by a lack of sun exposure – Vitamin D in the sunshine is essential for our mental health. Not only this, but being in sunlight helps balance serotonin activity, boosts melatonin production and balances your circadian rhythm.

So seek the sun where you can. In addition to spending as much time as possible outdoors, try moving your work area or chair to a window that gets sunlight and sitting in front of it for at least an hour a day.

eat healthy

Ensuring that you eat healthy during the winter months can also work wonders for your overall health and well-being. A healthy diet will not only boost your mood and make you feel better about yourself, but it will also give you more energy to get out and be more productive.

Fill yourself up with lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, pastas and potatoes and you will quickly notice a difference.

Light therapy

For those struggling with the dark days and long nights, light can help combat the symptoms associated with seasonal depression. Sitting in front of a light box for up to two hours a day can alter brain chemicals associated with mood and sleep, while relieving SAD symptoms.

One way to get light therapy at home in the winter is to sit in front of a light box for up to two hours a day.

See your friends and family

Making sure you find time to see your family and friends can do wonders for your mood and mental health.

Whether you’re having a cup of coffee, stopping by for a chat or going out for a walk, there are plenty of ways you can spend quality time with your favorite people.

Ask for help

If changes in your lifestyle do not provide the relief you need from the winter blouse, it may be time to seek professional help. Talk to your doctor or therapist about how you are feeling.

Find out more

If you would like to train to become a counselor or hypnotherapist so that you can help support those suffering from winter depression and other mental illnesses, we can help. Contact us today or request a prospectus.


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