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Preventing Your Winter Depression

Preventing Your Winter DepressionIn North America, it is estimated that 50 to 60 percent of the population is affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), more commonly known as Winter depression. Symptoms can range from changes in sleep patterns to weight gain to suicidal thoughts.

People who live in northern climates often suffer because of the seasonally shortened days. Chemicals in the brain react to lesser hours of daylight. If you live in a northern climate there are a few things you can do to help prevent and overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is one of the most effective ways to combat SAD. It can be used throughout the day and to extend the hours of “daylight” your brain experiences. “Light Therapy” or sunlight specific lamps are designed to mimic daylight. By placing one on your desk at work, in your house, or other areas where you spend time, you can “trick” your brain into thinking you’re experiencing a longer amount of daylight.

A few other tips:

  • Stick to a daily routine.
  • Plan your day. Make a list of what you want to accomplish and check things off as you accomplish them.
  • Save challenging projects for when you are not fighting winter depression.
  • Decide that the weather not affect your mood. You cannot change the weather.
  • Improve your health. Eat healthier foods.
  • Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which will drastically enhance your mood.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Spread the Word

SAD is a very real thing, but it doesn’t have to consume you or ruin your winter. Remember, you are not alone! Make sure you discuss your feelings with your family, friends, and your doctor. There is help for winter depression. To get ahead of it, spread this information to family or friends who struggle with it.

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