For those who deal with mental health disorders—including, but not limited to, depression—the long, grey days of winter can be especially hard. Colder temperatures and the lack of regular sunlight can cause anybody’s mood to decline, and for those who are already struggling, these winter doldrums are especially dangerous. Yet, there are healthy ways to handle these seasonal declines. Here are our five recommendations.
How to Handle Winter Blues
Go outside when you can.
Yes, the weather outside is frightful—but keep an eye out for the appearance of precious, golden sun. If you luck out and get a really bright, cloudless afternoon, bundle up and go for a walk. Absorb as much sunlight as you can get!
Read a book.
On the other hand, when you don’t see any sun, it’s important to have a healthy indoor activity that engages your mind and stimulates creative thinking. You could do much worse than to curl up with a good book!
Self-love is always important, and all the more so when outside conditions are bleak. Think of some of your favorite self-care rituals—whether that’s luxuriating in a warm bath or simply laying down and escaping into some beautiful music.
Get some exercise.
You can offset the lack of sunlight by stimulating some endorphin release—and the best way to do that is to work up a sweat! If the weather’s yucky, get yourself to the gym for a walk, run, or lifting session.
Talk to someone.
Finally, don’t hesitate to open up to someone about your seasonal struggles—whether that someone is a close friend, a therapist, or members of a support group. If you need to connect with people who truly care, reach out to Seacliff Recovery.