It is common to feel down in the long winter months, when the weather is less sunny and the days are shorter. But some people experience a form of clinical depression during this time of year beyond the winter blues, called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Here are some tips on coping.
- Get lots of sleep, healthy food, and regular exercise. This is always classic advice but even more important this time of year.
- Take advantage of all the natural sunlight you can. Sit by a window regularly and try to get outside on sunny days.
- Take vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin D.
- Try light therapy. Unfortunately light boxes can be a bit expensive, but keep an eye out for discounts or craigslist ads.
- Fight cabin fever. Make a point to leave the house frequently, and make consistent plans with friends.
- If you’re living in a snowy place, embrace the winter weather. Take artsy photographs outdoors, have snowball fights, make snow forts and snow angels, go skiing or camping in a cabin if you can.