Seasonal Depression: Tips for Combatting the "Winter Blues"

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Jan. 26, 2023 - PRLog -- It was a murky morning in late winter. Eliana, 17 was walking to school after helping her mother, Mercedes prepare breakfast and pack lunches for her three younger siblings; ages 4, 6, and 7. This is a routine that often brought Eliana satisfaction. However, there was something different about this morning. Upon waking up, Eliana was overcome with negative thoughts and a sense of hopelessness. Eliana struggled with feelings of depression on and off throughout her adolescence, however the colder months seemed to be particularly difficult for her. During her first class, she found it impossible to maintain focus. A wave of sadness came over her again and she wondered if this feeling would ever subside.

Much like Eliana, many people struggle with what is often referred to as the "winter blues," but in some instances, this can lead to clinical depression. A person who is experiencing this may feel sadness, irritability, fatigue, a sense of hopelessness, and/or a lack of motivation to participate in their regular activities of interest. One may find their symptoms begin to subside as the weather begins to grow warmer. However, there is no need to wait until the spring to feel better. The following are some tips on overcoming symptoms of seasonal depression:

Do not keep these feelings to yourself and refrain from isolating. Confide in friends, family, and/or a mental health professional. Often, you will find that others feel similarly and that you are not alone in your experience.

Although the sun may not be shining, brighten up your environment by keeping lights on and avoiding spending too much time in darker rooms. In addition, open your curtains, allowing any natural light to flow through.

Identify something in nature that you appreciate about the colder season. It may be that you find snowflakes to be beautiful or maybe the glistening of a frozen pond catches your eye. Embrace these positives as a way of shifting your focus.

Find a new hobby that can be done in the colder months. Whether it is skiing, ice skating, baking, or watching movies by the fire, there is a variety of activities that promote an increase in energy and feelings of happiness.

Practice guided imagery and meditation. Take ten minutes to sit in a comfortable setting and envision yourself in your safe place. This will help to ground you and to remind you that although you cannot control the weather, you are a master of your thoughts and feelings.

In summary, seasons change and so do our emotions. Whether it is sunny, snowing, raining, warm, or cold, find a purpose and peace in your life.

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