8 Ways To Fight Seasonal Depression

The shorter days and colder weather of winter are here — and so is the increase in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

This disorder, which is brought on by the changing season, affects four to six percent of all United States citizens. Signs of this disorder include but are not limited to irritability, inability to sleep, depression and anxiety.

For tips on how to fight SAD, study these eight tips from Forbes below.

8 Ways To Fight Seasonal Depression:

1. Dawn Simulators

Toss the loud, annoying alarm and wake up peacefully with clocks that mimic the changing light of the sun. Dawn simulators gradually wake you up with light that increases in intensity to simulate morning sunshine. The most effective ones use full-spectrum light, which is as close to natural light as possible.

2. Essential Oils

Essentials oils are the purest essence of a plant — its oils. Essential oils promote restoration in the body and influence moods. And they don’t just smell good — they have shown to have the effect of an antidepressant on depressive disorders.

3. Exercise

Exercise is a common prescription to ease depression. Moderate exercise like walking, running and yoga release endorphins and neurotransmitters to the brain. These chemicals can increase your mood and keep your immune system healthy.

4. Go Outside

Get as much natural light as you can if you are fighting seasonal depression or wintertime seasonal affective disorder. If you get home after dark, change your schedule and bundle up for a walk during lunch — the Vitamin D from the sun boosts your energy.

5. Create a Schedule

People suffering from SAD typically gain weight and can’t sleep during the winter months. Outline a schedule that enables you to wake up daily at the same time. Be consistent in your exposure to daylight and the times that you eat to help improve your mental outlook.

6. Take a Vacation

(This is my favorite solution.)

There are several benefits from taking vacation. Planning a trip creates day-by-day excitement and gives you something to look forward to. Choosing a warmer climate boosts your Vitamin D intake and provides an escape from the cold — both of which are guaranteed to lift your mood. And the residual effects of a vacation are great — you’ll notice that your lighter mood lingers even after you return home.

7. Meditate

Meditation is learning how to quiet your mind in the middle of chaos. It also helps you be intentional with how you react. Consistently practicing this form of focus balances seasonal depression by decreasing anxiety and enhancing overall well-being.

8. Speak with Your Doctor

SAD is a form of depression. The therapeutic ways to combat SAD don’t always work. If you can’t shake feelings of anxiety and sadness, find a mental health professional to guide you to treatment that is best for you.

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