Like the saying goes, life is full of ups and downs. For many of us, the cooler seasons seem to prompt more low points than highs. For this reason, we’ve compiled our preferred methods to stay smiley during the months of fall and winter. Take a peek below!
1. Find Yourself a Happy Lamp!
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is so common, that many companies now produce UV light products, specifically targeting those who suffer from seasonal depression. Keep a small lamp by your desk at work, or near your bedside at home. Whenever you’re feeling blue, simply turn the light on and enjoy the gentle rays of simulated sunshine.
2. Teach Yourself Something New!
The days are shorter and the nights are longer during the cold months, providing the perfect opportunity to stay inside and learn something new! Have you always wanted to knit, but never knew how? Now is a great time to teach yourself! Attempt cooking a new recipe that you haven’t created before. Hop online and study something you’ve always been curious about, but didn’t have the time to research. Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read or watch the documentary you’ve been hearing about… there are so many fun ways to learn! When you’re discovering new things, you’re not focused on the SAD. It’s a win, win!
3. Stay Active!
Cold weather, rain, and snow don’t have to keep you stuck inside all season. Hibernating through the winter isn’t the way to avoid your seasonal depression. Not sure what to do? Try snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding! How about volunteering at your local soup kitchen or humane society? Grab your old childhood sled and have some fun in the hills! Use your imagination & just get outside!
Aromatherapy is a very useful practice – especially when you’re feeling down and out. Use pure orange oil extracts in your bath or oil diffuser if you need a perky pick-me-up! Or if you’d like a more calming scent for nighttime, try using lavender, bergamot or eucalyptus oil.
5. Check in with your doctor!
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor! It’s very important to communicate with your health provider if you’re feeling unhappy and depressed for periods of time. Schedule an appointment right away and learn more about how you can cope with SAD at your local clinic.
Do you have advice for those who suffer with SAD? What do you do to stay active and happy during the winter? Let us know here!