Friday, February 3, 2017

Beating SAD

Oh, I loathe thee.

Don't know what SAD is? The Mayo Clinic defines it as: a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

SAD stands for "seasonal affective disorder". And it's actually quite common.

Whether you deal with depression on a regular basis or only seasonally, it can be a real buzz-kill. Although I take daily medication for these issues, sometimes the winter season ( especially in Pennsylvania ) can be quite difficult. Along with the cold weather, we also deal with shorter days and the inability to do many outdoor activities...including getting key vitamins from sunshine.

But there are many ways to help beat the winter blues:

Take Vitamin D3
Try to supplement your lack of vitamin D you'd get from the sun by taking it in pill form. Although I've heard of people doing this before, I never tried it until this winter. And I really do think it helps. Whether it be the placebo affect or not, it's worth a try, isn't it?

Get up and get active
Of course exercise is good for you for various reasons, but when you work out you are releasing dopamine and serotonin that help aid in enhancing your mood. I know it's hard sometimes to get your ass off that couch, but I promise that a good 30 minute cardio sesh can make all the difference.

Get lost in a book
Challenge your imagination and leave worry aside by diving into a good book. I feel like not enough people read anymore ( especially my generation ) and sometimes you just need to flip through the pages and leave stress behind.

Learn a new hobby
I know that sometimes this can be more stressful than helpful, but in other cases you can keep your mind and hands busy with a task. Learn to crochet. Take up paper mache. Do something to keep you occupied and also, your end result is something you took time to create. Be proud!

Take a bubble bath
...because, who doesn't like a nice, hot bath?!

I know it's hard. I know it's unwanted. But you gotta do the best to work with what ya got. For some, this is only temporary...and for others, it's a constant battle. All I can say is take your meds, try to keep yourself busy and also, remember to take time for you, too.

Best wishes for a happier spring! 💙