Seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder is something that many deal with and that should be taken seriously. When those dark nights and early dark mornings roll in, it can get hard for some people to function as they normally would and it’s hard to often get yourself out of that mood you’re feeling. If you’re dealing with this, then there are things that you can do to help yourself. Here are five tips for dealing with seasonal depression or SAD as it’s often referred to.
Know You’re Not Alone
Firstly, it’s important to know that you’re alone. That’s certainly easier said than done because when it comes to depression, everyone has their different battles and demons that they’re facing. No two are the same and so it can very much feel like you’re alone in how you’re feeling and how others are being portrayed outside of your life. It’s important to try and take comfort in the fact that there are others out there that are feeling the same way and sometimes it’s good to know that so that you can keep yourself grounded in those moments where you feel that way.
Of course, it’s difficult to stay out of that mindset that you may often dip back into and feel. However, if it helps there are so many more out there that can identify and acknowledge what you’re going for and they may even be able to help with your own situation. Being able to connect with these people can give you that feeling of being in it together, rather than being in it alone.
Build A Core Network Of Friends/Family You Trust
There are a lot of things in life that can lead to depression, whether it be hearing loss and depression or struggles with your personal life or work life. So many different combinations and singular issues can be at the root cause of this depression. One way of making sure that you can work through it is by having the right people around you. That’s why it’s important to build yourself a core network of friends and family that you trust.
By doing that, you’re giving yourself a safety net of people that you can turn to when things get rough. Knowing you’ve got those people in your life that can help you when times get hard, whether it’s simply to talk to or to help you get the help you need.
Look After Yourself
It’s important to look after yourself because often enough, we prioritize our attention on others. And when you’re dealing with seasonal depression, it’s usually during the winter or times where there’s not going to be much going on outside. That being said, you should be making the most of this time to spend on yourself. Pamper yourself with an evening of tub time and a glass of wine or relax on the couch and watch your favorite television shows. Whatever it is that gives you that comfort and happiness, do it.
Try Light Therapy
Light therapy doesn’t work for everyone but it has been known to do well for those who suffer from seasonal depression and also depression in general. Of course, it’s all down to your body and mind’s individual reaction so it might work for you or it might work for someone you know but not for you personally. Either way, anything that’s been known to help those in a similar position to you is definitely worth a try.
There are plenty of places that offer light therapy and so it’s definitely worth checking around your local area to see what places offer it. It may be something you have to look further afield for though if you’re not perhaps anywhere near a city or area where these clinics will be.
Even though medication can be great for depression, it should really be one of the last things you consider. Not that it’s a bad thing but there might be steps you can take that are effective before you go medicating yourself and being prescribed medication.
Whenever you do get medication, always talk to your doctor about your choices and think carefully about whether or not this is the right choice for you at this particular stage. For some it will be, for others, it might be too early to tell.
Dealing with season depression is tough but it’s manageable when taking the right steps. Use these tips to look after yourself when it comes to SAD.
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