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Coping with Seasonal Depression

28 Jan
seasonal depression counseling in Wilmington, NC

Coping with Seasonal Depression

 

Combat the Winter Blues

Seasonal depression can make getting through the winter even tougher!

Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Isolation- staying home alone and declining requests to leave your home
  • Increased appetite- eating more than normal.  Particularly high-fat, high-sugar foods that can leave you feeling guilty the next day.
  • Desire to sleep in- when it’s cold outside, it can be tempting to stay under the sheets all day.
  • Fatigue- feeling drained after a normal day.

Combat the winter blues

  1. Get regular exercise- Exercise is THE most underutilized anti-depressant.  It can boost mood during and after the workout session.
  2. Socialize- Actually log some face to face time! Being with people increases our bond and helps us feel good.
  3. Get sunlight exposure- Get outside for at least 20 minutes a day to soak in the Vitamin D from the sun.  If that’s not realistic, consider purchasing a light box.
  4. Do not sleep in-  Sleeping over 8 hours can actually trigger feelings of depression and worsen your mood.  Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

For some of you this is enough. For others, you may need a little more.  The winter can sometimes make already existing depression even worse.  We have you covered. Get started now.

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