How to Fight Winter Depression

winter depression

Winter is not a wonderland for all of us. Some of us, well a lot of us, have trouble remaining our happy selves when the winter hits. It’s not abnormal, but it is something that requires effort in order to stay ahead of this winter depression. Statistics show that 5% of Americans experience winter depression, or seasonal depression. Four out of five people that experience winter depression are women. These numbers are only rising.

Here are the signs of winter depression

  • Misery, guilt, loss of self-esteem, hopelessness, diminished interest in activities,┬ádespair, and apathy
  • Anxiety
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep problems (this one is a biggie for me, but lately I’ve been doing great putting myself to sleep without taking OTC pills for it)
  • Fatigue
  • Overeating
  • Social problems
  • Sexual problems

So what is it that makes people sadder in the winter? No one really knows. Could be genetics, the cold air, loneliness, or anything else. I’ve experienced winter depression plenty of times and I’ve come up with ways that make it a lot easier for me to get by each day. So here is what I’ve come up with!

 

How to Fight Winter Depression

1. Music!

Listening to different types of music around this time peps up my mood a lot around this time. It’s the sounds that capture your heart and enable you to keep it moving.

 

2. Family & Friends

Not everyone has family that is close enough to talk about depression. So think of other ways to connect with them. Talk about the holidays, talk about the weather, talk about not being able to find matching socks! What I’m getting at is having people around that you can talk to about anything is a definite assistant in keeping your head up. Talk to me! I’m more than happy to talk to you about what you’re feeling. I know how it feels to be in a place where you feel like you have no one to talk to. It doesn’t have to be that way.

 

3. Exercise

Last winter I went jogging every day, literally every day. Sometimes twice a day. It trained me to think about my own well being and it put me in a really great mental space. It also helped me shed lots of pounds which is pretty awesome.

 

4. Drink Hot Liquids Like Coffee or Tea

This always gives me a cozy feeling. Tea is a fighter of depression in itself.

 

5. Read, paint, draw, write!

Hobbies will forever fight seasonal depression. I have so many because I always have to fight for mental stability. It’s not a bad thing, it’s made me a master of many things people wish they could do. I play my violin, I listen to music, read, paint, draw, and many more. Having hobbies that you truly enjoy will help you out a ton when it comes to depression or just not being in a good mood.

 

Well I hope that I have inspired someone, even if it’s one person, to jump out of that winter depression and get back to themselves. You have to open your mind to new things if what you’re doing is not working for you. It’s not as hard as you may think it is. You could create a journal and write down your negative thoughts, which helps a lot as well. Conquer your mind! Thanks for reading and as always, peace and love! ­čśÇ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/sad

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