These changes, while they may seem insignificant for some, can have a significant effect on many. It becomes harder to wake up in the morning. It’s more difficult to fall asleep at night. The holidays can also bring up feelings of loneliness and sadness. You may have experienced these symptoms but not identified them: seasonal depression. More formally, this is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
As we come into the colder months, here are some ways you can combat Seasonal Depression.
It’s no secret that your diet has a significant effect on your health. During the colder seasons, it may be tempting to seek out “comfort food,” especially if you’re suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. By keeping a healthy, balanced diet, you’ll mitigate certain symptoms of SAD, such as fatigue and sweet cravings.
Seek out healthier and heartier options. Speak with a physician if you aren’t sure what type of balanced diet works best for you.
While this is certainly not something to treat seasonal depression, essential oils can have certain effects like boosting your productivity, mood, and more. Some scents that are said to provide certain benefits like:
Lavender has been known to have calming properties. Rosemary has been said to fight physical exhaustion, headaches, and mental fatigue. Peppermint is an energy booster that is said to clear the mind and promote better concentration. Jasmine, like lavender, has also been used for its calming properties but can also increase feelings of confidence, optimism, and energy.
Speak With An Expert
Sometimes it can feel like everything is out of your control and you’re at the end of your rope. You don’t have to feel stuck in your own life. Speaking with a professional can help you gain clarity on what it is that you’re struggling with. They can also help you put a plan of action in place to set you on the right path to get past what you’re struggling with.
Set A Sleep Schedule
It’s important to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep at night, especially during the colder months, but to also make sure you’re not oversleeping. On average, adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep, but depending on how active you are and other factors, you may require more or less sleep. If you need to speak with a physician to determine the best sleep schedule for you.