How to Battle Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to Battle Seasonal Affective Disorder

November 10, 2020

By: Autumn Mulgrew || @afterrsummer

 

It's time to say goodbye to the warm weather and embrace the winter winds of change. The excitement of fall fades as the cold winter nights creep closer. Now don’t get me wrong, those first couple of snowfalls are magical and exciting, but the short days and lack of sunlight can really take a toll on your mental health. It’s a good idea to start getting into healthy habits now while the thrill of fall is still in full swing. I have listed a few tips that I found have helped get me through those last few winter months after the holiday buzz is gone and passed.

 

Take Vitamin D Supplements

sunlight

With winter comes much shorter days, which means less exposure to sunlight. You would be surprised by how much vitamin D does to improve your mood, so take supplements to make up for the lack of natural sun exposure. Alternatively, find an alarm clock that mimics a sunrise, get brighter lights for the area that you hang out in most during winter, or simply bundle up and get outside on one of those rare sunny winter days!

 

Exercise

exercise weights

I know, this is definitely the hardest thing to do when you are down in the dumps and have no motivation to get off the couch. Trust me, getting into a regular workout routine can do absolute wonders for seasonal depression. If you are like me and have a hard time finding motivation on your own, join a gym or yoga studio that offers classes. Be preemptive and sign up for classes a day or two ahead of time, and don’t let yourself cancel!

 

Laugh

girls laughing

You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine. Whether it’s finding a good comedy podcast, subscribing to a funny blog/subreddit/journal, getting yourself a good joke book, or simply reminding yourself to laugh a little every day. Laughing releases a lot of feel-good hormones that can help get you through that tenth blizzard of the season.

 

Eat Right

Healthy Food

Grabbing that extra sugary snack and third cup of coffee may be your first instinct to make it through another polar vortex, but that will only have you feeling bluer as you crash from the sugar caffeine high. Start making homemade soups, try some quinoa and chickpeas, make chocolate ice cream with bananas and cocoa powder, Google more healthy options!

 

Find a Hobby

knitting

And by hobby, I mean literally anything that brings you joy. I bought myself a coloring book and a ton of colored pencils, that’s my new hobby. Collect stamps, start playing a new video game, learn a new instrument, knit, the options are endless! Find an artistic way to express yourself while your favorite show is on in the background.

 

 

 

Autumn is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.



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