Whether you struggle with depression and/or anxiety, these short, winter days have a tremendous effect on your moods. You may even struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or “SAD,” a more severe case of the winter blues that can affect daily living.
This can make you dread the holidays and winter as a whole, which is not ideal. While seeking treatment is always the best option, here are a few additional ways you can cope with the winter blues.
Use a Sunlight Therapy Lamp
Often referred to as a “depression lamp,” a Sunlight Therapy Lamp can help you feel better during short, dark days. Many people find themselves stuck inside at work or school during the few bright hours that we have. This lack of sunlight can really take its toll.
Sunlight Therapy Lamps mimic the sun and help bring some brightness back into your daily routines.
Get Outside! (When it’s Safe)
Of course, winter is difficult because our daylight hours are shorter, but it’s also difficult because of how much colder it is outside. That said, folks are lucky here in Kentucky because there are still many days where the temperature falls above the 45-degree Fahrenheit mark!
On your lunch break or on the weekend, be sure to spend a little time outside on warmer days like these. While you won’t get as much sunlight as you would during the spring and summer, some sunshine is always better than none.
Up Your Vitamin D Intake!
Studies show that low vitamin D can increase the risk of depression. No, over-the-counter or prescription vitamin D is not meant to replace good old-fashioned sunshine. However, vitamin D supplements serve as a great fill-in option during the winter.
Your mental health can CERTAINLY benefit from upping your vitamin D intake. Just be sure to talk to your doctor before taking higher doses of vitamin D. Until then, make sure to not exceed the bottle’s suggested daily limit.
Conquer Winter Depression and Anxiety
These are some great methods to use in addition to treatment. However, be wary of the temptation to replace mental health treatment with these options. If you’re struggling with symptoms that impact your daily life, you may have a condition that requires professional treatment.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. We’re happy to help get you started on your journey to recovery. To learn more about our mental health services, visit our official website here. You can also call us to schedule an appointment at 866-233-1995