Beating the Winter Blues

Seasonal depression may be looming for some folks who do not adapt as well to cold weather and days with less and less sunlight.

Even with the holidays, this is the time of year when many will start to feel down more so than normal. With additional stresses of preparing for the parties with food and cleaning as well as purchasing the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. Sometimes, there is not sufficient time to come to terms with and prepare for the bitter cold and early sunsets.

These winter blues are not unusual to experience, and research has taught us that with holiday expenses causing financial strain, less Vitamin D from sunlight, and hectic schedules can lead to being put in a bad mood. Some people may even get a diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a depression-related condition that often occurs during winter months.

Along with seeking out professional help if you believe you have SAD, even people without the diagnosis can benefit from some self-care techniques. Reach out to friends and family for support and ideas for things to get excited about that are not going to put a strain on the already busy schedules.

Some people may choose to exercise more as a way of releasing some energy. Others will turn to hobbies like listening to music, reading, or baking. There is also meditation and yoga that can help you find ways to deal with the stress and busy season. Some may choose to book a vacation to somewhere sunny and warm to get a break from the cold.