Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts people all around the world. Some people struggle with SAD during the winter months, however, many people struggle with SAD during the summer months as well. With spring just around the corner, some people are getting excited to get rid of their Seasonal Affective Disorder, while others are struggling to figure out how they’ll cope with theirs. Fortunately, we’ve found 3 ways to handle your Seasonal Affective Disorder no matter what season it impacts you.
Daily Physical Activity
Exercise is so important not only for your physical health, but for your mental health as well. Physical inactivity can make your depression feel even worse. You don’t need to start lifting heavy weights or training for a marathon to benefit from feel good endorphins. In fact, brisk walking 20 to 30 minutes every day can help to give you that mood boosting effect your looking for. If your SAD acts up in the spring and summer this is much easier. However, in the winter months this can be a little more difficult.
Get Regular Sleep
When you aren’t feeling well mentally over sleeping or not sleeping enough is extremely common. Sleep, like exercise, has a major impact on your moods. Do your best to avoid napping during the day in order to stay on top of your regular sleeping schedule. If you’re waking up randomly in the middle of the night, avoid the temptation of looking at your phone, tablet or laptop as the blue lights disrupt your melatonin cycle.
Minimize Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use
As tempting as it is to escape when you’re feeling depressed, using alcohol, drugs, or tobacco can actually make you feel worse in the long run. Alcohol, as you know, is a depressent. Hangovers can leave you feeling anxious, sad, moody, and just “off.” Additionally, drinking or drug use can cause you to do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Things that you might not feel great about later once the high wears off. Try to limit your alcohol, drug, and tobacco consumption when you know your mood is at its most vulnerable.
Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts so many people and is completely normal to the changing seasons. However, sometimes SAD becomes something more. If you’re struggling to take part or interest in activities that once normally captured your excitement and attention, call us. Our team of kind and caring professionals can help you rediscover the you that you remember loving so fondly.