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Overcoming the Winter Blues

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Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal depression. Common symptoms include social isolation, irritability, low energy, and feelings of sadness. The good news is that you can overcome those feelings, and remember, winter always ends!

Managing Winter Sadness

  • Seek the sun- During the colder winter months, it’s easy to stay indoors to keep warm. Many experts believe that seasonal depression is worsened by lack of sunlight. So once the sun does come out, bundle up and enjoy it.

  • Stay Social- Avoid the tendency to “hibernate.” Schedule regular social outings and events and go even if you aren't feeling like it.

  • Be active - Even moderate exercise, like walking, can make you feel better. A regular exercise routine can help boost your mood during the darker months.

  • Don’t skimp or splurge on sleep - Maintaining a regular sleep cycle can help keep sadness at bay. The more consistent your sleep schedule, the better you’ll feel

  • Add Aromatherapy- essential oils can influence the area of the brain that's responsible for controlling moods and the body's internal clock that influences sleep and appetite. You can add a few drops of essential oils to your bath at night to help you relax, or simply light a candle in your room.

  • Keep a journal- Writing down your feelings can have a positive effect on your mood. It can help you get some of your negative feelings out of your system

If you get the blues every winter, there's action you can take to help decrease the symptoms from wintertime darkness before they start.

  • Plan events for the winter during the summer and fall. That way, you can't just crawl under the covers and hide all season long!

  • See Your Doctor Before Winter Depression. If you know that winter sadness is coming, it is a good idea to check in with your doctor in the fall to get a depression management plan in place. Treatments that may help include vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acid supplements, and the hormone melatonin.

Cara Burns

CHCBC Intern


Everyday Health 2019

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