Winter will be here in no time. If mental health is affected by the seasons or winter alone, then you need to do something about it. Whether you have winter depression, seasonal affective disorder or even postpartum depression we want to help you out because nobody in this world deserves to stay like this. Here are some tips that will surely help you to cope up with the changing season. It is not easy, it never was, but you can at least try to be getting through the winter depression.
1. The first thing that you should do is to make sure that you are fulfilling your everyday needs. Sleep, adequate foods, exercise and water intake, are important of all. These are necessary for the proper functioning of your brain, and this will also help you to tolerate the increasing effect of stress in case of winter depression.
2. Stay connected to the people and the world outside your room. When winter arrives, you inevitably go inside your room and lock yourself. No matter how hard it is, try not to do it because this isolation contributes to the feeling of anxiety and depression. Reach out to your friends or the people whom you feel your best around.
3. You should be kind to yourself. Yes, I know this can be hard especially if you are one of those who expect highly from yourself. However, the reality is that most of the people feel the change and so it is fine if you feel a bit un-moored during the winter. So, when you become hard on yourself then it affects your mental health, and ultimately it adds a whole new level of suffering and unhappiness.
4. Talk about it, talk about your emotions, your feelings, your hardship during the winter depression. It can be quite hard at the beginning, but it will surely go away. If you can talk about the effect of winter that has on you, other will be able to understand you and the state you are going through quite quickly. This will make the situation a lot easier for you. The company is truly healing. So, try to take to anyone you like, they can be friends, family or colleagues.
5. You should plan for the winter months. Like you, a lot of people out there are suffering from a real illness known as SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. It mostly occurs during the winter season when the daylight is the shortest. If you are aware of winter depression and the struggle during this time, then you may want to consider thinking about it ahead and prepare yourself likewise so you can take care of yourself when needed. For example, if you cook then it would be great if you good some foods that are healthy, can be frozen and reheated when you are not feeling like to cook. These are the small things that you can do, and this surely will help you to live better during the winter days
(Guest Post by Natalie)
Just a northern guy battling the winter blues and information about my daily life + thoughts.