Feeling sad or sluggish, abnormal sleeping habits, changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating or doing activities you usually enjoy. If any of this sounds familiar, you could be experiencing seasonal depression. As its name suggests, this type of depression is related to the changes in seasons, especially from late fall through the winter months.
Now, I know how difficult a time it can be for anyone experiencing seasonal depression. But the good news is that you absolutely don’t have to go through this alone. Seasonal depression is so much more common than you’d think and there are so many ways you can help cope with it.
Here are some natural remedies you can try to help combat seasonal depression:
Wake up your body
One of the best ways you can help with seasonal depression is by moving your body. I know this may also be one of the most challenging things to do when you’re experiencing lower energy levels and overall sluggishness. But even just going for a walk outside can really help get your mood up! Better yet, make it a social activity by inviting a friend to walk with you or try a class together. Socializing is also super important to prioritize during this time.
Pay attention to what you’re consuming
You are what you eat, right? If you’re experiencing seasonal depression, there’s no better time than now to make sure your body is getting all the good stuff it needs to thrive. I’m talking greens, fruits, proteins, the whole package.
If you’re short on ideas of how to incorporate these foods into your meals, don’t sweat it! There are plenty of ways you can cook with more greens and more nutritional ingredients to give your body the best fuel it needs.
Get your vitamin D
Speaking of fuel, vitamin D is key when it comes to coping with seasonal depression, so make sure that you’re getting enough! Depending on where you live, it may be a bit difficult to get proper exposure to sunshine. If this is the case for you, consider speaking with your doctor about vitamin D supplements. There’s also plenty of foods that are rich in this nutrient, like salmon, egg yolks, orange juice, and cheeses.
Consider light therapy
Light therapy is actually an amazing at-home remedy that many people use to help treat seasonal depression! In short, this device works by mimicking light from the outdoors, which can help boost your mood and re-energize you. Definitely worth a shot if you haven’t tried it already!
Enjoy a little aromatherapy in your house
Truthfully, whether you struggle with seasonal depression or not, I would recommend aromatherapy to just about anyone. Take your well-being to the next level by diffusing your favorite scents around the house! It’s also worth mentioning, there are many oils out there that help specifically with seasonal depression, like bergamot oil, orange oil, peppermint, and so many others. Diffuse, unwind, and enjoy!
There you have it: 5 natural ways to help you cope with your seasonal depression. From adapting your shower routine steps to experimenting with light therapy and everything else in between, there are so many remedies out there that can support you during these more challenging times. And remember, help is out there!
For those of you who need the extra reminder, feel free to go back and check out my “Remember to Take Care of Yourself!” podcast episode. And remember, never hesitate to reach out to your doctor with any questions or concerns you may have. Each and every one of you is different and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to mental wellbeing.