Overcoming Seasonal Depression: 7 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues
If it seems like every year you feel a little “sad” during the winter, you’re not alone. Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) is a real affliction that occurs when people spend less time outside and more time indoors, such as throughout the long winter season. And while here in Louisiana we don’t get quite the same cold or snow that our northern friends do, there are still many people who suffer from the “Winter Blues”.
It’s not just the cold weather that keeps us in a state of blah, dull or lifeless moments. Psychologists cite other factors, such as the foods we eat. People often eat heartier meals than in the summer months. Salads and sandwiches get replaced by sugary substitutes, especially over the holidays and people go into a “storing” state of mind. Much like the bears hibernating for winter, they get their fill of food and then spend a lot more time inside. Your home becomes a cave!
Less sunlight can also contribute to the sadness. Lack of Vitamin D or sunshine does affect your mental state of being. So with all of these things stacked against you, how can you beat the winter blues?
Here are 7 ways to overcome winter depression:
Finally, if all else fails, try smiling and laughing! Call someone who will make you feel good inside and who can make you laugh. Or if you must watch TV and movies, opt for comedies and kids movies that have a good message of positivity! You’ll be amazed at how much brighter your outlook on life will be and how fast the winter will disappear!
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