How to Combat Winter Depression

How to Combat Winter Depression

“A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.” — Lilly Singh

Here at FIOR, we advocate mental fitness! Know that here, you have a voice and home.

Around this time of year, anxiety and depression can really become a major factor. According to The American Psychiatric Association, “depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.” When you add winter into the medley of depression, this combination can create Seasonal Affective Dissorder (SAD).

According to the Mayo Clinic, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. This type of change can create lost of hope, low energy, agitation, as well as weight change. The circadian rhythm, also known as our biological clocks can affect our energy levels. With the change of seasons, and the lack of light, plus reduced sunlight can interfere with the body, leading to depression. Decreased amounts of serotonin, due to lack of sunlight can also come into play. How can you compat winter depression, and possible signs of SAD? Here at FIOR, we are here to help!

To tackle winter depression, follow a few of our steps.

1.) First off, Please Seek The Following FREE, Hotlines For Immediate Help.

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat

2.) Get Outside!

Studies have shown that gaining more natural light during the Winter, can improve your mood drastically.

3.) Exercise

Maintaining a healthy weight during the winter can be instrumental in maintaining health, and a postive mindset.

4.) Light Therapy

If natural sunlight does not improve your mood, try an actual lightbox; a special lamp that is used to stimulate sunlight exposure.

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