Less sunlight can mean an increase in depressive moods. To combat the seasonal blues, here are some tips from the Los Angeles Times.
1. Wake up early and exercise
Waking up a little earlier means more time in daylight. Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you feel great!
2. Consider light therapy
Seasonal Affective Disorder is not just a psychological condition, but a physiological one. According to psychologist, John Tsilimparis, “When your eyes perceive darkness, other chemicals like melatonin are released, getting you ready for sleep and bringing your mood down.” Conversely, light exposure causes serotonin to be released. Light therapy involves sitting next to a lightbox or window to take advantage of the benefits.
3. Get vitamin D and antioxidants
“What we are feeding ourselves is more important than we ever used to believe,” according to Jenny Giblin, a therapist who uses wellness to help treat anxiety and depression. So, watch your diet and consume foods rich in Vitamin D and antioxidants.
4. Manage holiday expectations
Tis the season to be jolly...for some. For others, tis the season for stress and anxiety. Make sure you participate in self-care and don’t overestimate the power of some alone time.
5. Be mindful
Meditation, an attitude of gratitude, and making sure your thoughts don’t control you are all key on managing a healthy mental state.
This content is intended for informational purposes only. It should not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your doctor immediately.