How to Deal with Seasonal Depression
Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder, is a condition where people experience symptoms of depression at the same time every year. Typically, they feel depressed during the winter months when there is less sunlight. There are many unique ways you can manage seasonal depression.
Since seasonal depression is linked to a decrease in sunlight exposure, light therapy is a commonly used treatment. You can purchase a light box that you can sit or work in front of. This box mimics the light from the sun and it is used to help boost your mood and energy levels. Light therapy works best with time and consistency. It can be started in fall when the days are more cloudy and you can continue it until spring. If there are more cloudy days throughout the year, it can also be helpful then. When using light therapy, you need to make sure the light can enter your eyes but don’t stare directly at it. The light will also not be effective just by exposing your skin to the light.
Increase Vitamin D
Often, individuals with depression also have a deficiency of vitamin D. This essential vitamin is absorbed when exposed to sunlight and has even been called the sunlight vitamin. Without sun exposure, it’s common to have a deficiency of vitamin D. Often, individuals with depression also have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D has been shown to help regulate your mood among many other wonderful benefits. If you are suffering from seasonal depression, then getting more vitamin D in your diet can help. Good sources include many fish such as salmon as well as fortified foods like milk and orange juice. Taking a vitamin D supplement is also an option.
Establish Healthy Habits
Another great way to help manage seasonal depression is to establish a solid routine and some healthy habits. Having a routine/schedule can help you regulate many of the symptoms of seasonal depression. For example, many people struggle with getting to sleep and a schedule can help. Your seasonal depression can also be aided by maintaining a balanced diet and introducing more exercise into your routine. Even just 30 minutes a day can be helpful.
There are many different types of depression including seasonal depression. Learning more about them and how to deal with symptoms can be beneficial. You can pursue a variety of treatment options until you find what works for you.
Take time to learn more about depression.