5 Tips To Help Manage Seasonal Depression: 

Know those feelings of

  • sadness, 
  • low energy,
  • changes in appetite or weight, 
  • difficulty sleeping, 
  • irritability, 
  • difficulty concentrating,
  • and a lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable?

Could it be…Seasonal Depression?

Seasonal Depression – also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, typically during the fall and winter months when daylight hours are shorter. 


The exact cause of seasonal depression is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to changes in the body’s circadian rhythm and a decrease in exposure to sunlight during the winter months. 

This disruption in the body’s internal clock can affect the production of certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and melatonin, which play a role in regulating mood and sleep.

Here are 5 Tips to Help Manage Seasonal Depression:

Increase Exposure to Natural Light

Lack of sunlight can contribute to seasonal depression, so try to spend time outdoors during daylight hours.

Bundle up and go for a short walk. 

Open curtains and blinds to let natural light into your home, and consider using a light therapy box to mimic sunlight exposure.

Stay Active

Regular exercise can help improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression. 

Falling off your consistent movement practice will only decrease our health, well being and increase the effects of seasonal depression. 

Commit to a minimum amount of movement per week. 

Set a standard for yourself. 2 days per week? 3 days per week?

If it starts with walking 30 minutes 30 days a week – commit to yourself. 

Maintain as many Healthy Habits

Stick to a regular sleep schedule, eat a balanced nutritional diet, and prioritize self-care activities such as relaxation techniques, hobbies, and spending time with loved ones. 

Consistency in your daily routine can help provide structure and stability during challenging times.

Seek Support

Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family members, or get the assistance of a mental health professional for support. 

Talking about your feelings and experiences with trusted individuals can provide validation and perspective, and therapy or counseling can offer additional tools and strategies for coping with seasonal depression.

Practice Mindfulness and Stress Reduction

Incorporate mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation into your daily routine to help reduce stress and promote emotional well-being. 

Engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation can also help alleviate symptoms of seasonal depression.

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