Ways to Overcome Seasonal Depression

Ways to Overcome Seasonal Depression

Anyone can experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) also known as seasonal depression.

This type of depression is related to the changing seasons.

Many people experience seasonal depression during the winter months; however, it can be experienced during other seasons as well.

Instead of chalking this feeling up to just having the "winter blues" let's take a look at some ways professionals use to not only help others overcome seasonal depression but also keep their mood improved all throughout the year.

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Signs of Seasonal Depression

It is important to know the signs so that you can take the necessary steps to help you overcome seasonal depression.

Some of the signs of seasonal depression include:

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Losing interest in activities

Having these feelings from time to time is completely normal. 

These should not be something you constantly feel.

If you're experiencing any of these for days or weeks, reach out to your healthcare provider or therapist. 

What Are Ways to Overcome Seasonal Depression? 

There are several ways to help you overcome seasonal depression. 

Your healthcare provider or therapist may recommend a combination of treatments to give you the best chance of overcoming seasonal depression.

Get Out Into the Sunshine

The sun is a powerful natural source of light and warmth that can have an important effect on overcoming seasonal depression.

In fact, there's research that suggests spending time outside during daylight hours helps keep your mood up because it triggers the production of serotonin naturally.

Be sure you are getting out of the house on a regular basis. 

When you're at home, open the blinds to let natural light in.

Light Therapy 

Light therapy is the process of being exposed to bright lights in order to treat seasonal depression.

It has been used for many years in treatment to overcome seasonal depression and anxiety-related symptoms.

Using a light therapy box for around 30 minutes each day may result in chemical changes in the brain which in turn helps improve your mood. 

Journaling

Journaling is a great way to express your feelings if you're suffering from seasonal depression.

It allows you the freedom and creativity that comes from not being confined by social norms, which can be difficult at times when it feels like everyone else has their life together while yours feels like it is falling apart.

- Journals let people explore what they're feeling without fear of judgment

- Writing in general offers significant self-care benefits because this activity provides an opportunity for expression

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy with essential oils can be used in many ways.

To use safely, it is recommended to use aromatherapy with body oils, aroma sticks, or jewelry that you can use by applying essential oils with absorbent material. 

You could use aromatherapy as an emotional pick-me-up or before bedtime to relax your body while also calming your emotions - both mentally and emotionally.

 Medication

Depression is a very common illness.

Some may be prone to this condition during certain times due to seasonal changes, while others have it all year round without getting any relief from other types of treatment.

It is important for everyone who suffers from depression to know there are medications called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which help relieve symptoms such as sad/miserable moods and hopelessness.

Seek Out Therapy

If you're experiencing seasonally-related depression, it is important that you talk with someone. 

A therapist can help identify the cause of your seasonal mood swings and recommend treatment options to get you back on track.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment to overcome seasonal depression.

Conclusion

Seasonal depression can be difficult to manage, but there are a few things you can do to make it a little bit easier.

We've outlined some helpful tips to overcome seasonal depression from aromatherapy to light therapy. 

If these methods don't work for you, don't hesitate to talk to your healthcare provider or therapist about other treatment options.

And finally, don't forget to reach out to your friends and family for support – they can be a great source of strength when you need it most.

Have you tried any of these methods for managing seasonal depression? Leave us a comment and let us know how it went.

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May 17th, 2022