5 Ways to Combat Seasonal Depression

Snowman standing in a snowstorm with a frowny face.

These past weeks, do you find yourself with a lack of energy and ambition? Do you long for something that you can’t quite put your finger on? Do the days feel far too short? You might be experiencing seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is quite typical for someone going through the long winters of the Midwest. Fortunately, there are actions that you can take to try to combat the worst symptoms of seasonal depression.

Remain Active

As the cold weather blows in, it is tempting to stay indoors and warm all of the time. However, remaining active during this time of year is particularly important for someone who is experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder. Regular exercise helps blood circulate through your body and helps you fight off the symptoms of depression. There are several ways to be active during winter, both outside and in the comfort of your home.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

The winter months feature several holidays. This often means eating foods that are less than healthy for you. However, you should try to do everything that you can to eat a healthy diet to stave off the effects of the winter blues. A healthy diet will provide your body with the nutrients it requires to battle symptoms of depression and keep you from falling deeper into this state of sadness. Find a healthy balance of eating nutritiously, but still enjoying treats in moderation.

Try a New Hobby

Keeping your mind occupied and stimulated is extremely helpful when battling depression. Consider taking up a new hobby that will help you remain focused and engaged on something other than your sadness. This is also helpful because it can help you find new communities of people to network and connect with as well. There are many hobby groups and clubs in Sioux Falls for all ages.

Visit With Family and Friends

Others within your immediate circle may be experiencing seasonal depression as well. You can help yourself and them at the same time if you pay them a visit. This is an engaging way to keep yourself from falling into despair. It is also a great opportunity to let someone who cares about you know what you are going through. A phone call, FaceTime, or an old-school letter is a great way to cheer someone up and make yourself feel good, too.

Join a Support Group

There are support groups available for those experiencing SAD. If you want to relate to others who are going through what you are going through, then you should explore the options available for you to join a support group that focuses on this specific issue. 

Remember that you are not alone and there are resources available to you. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Center for Family Medicine can help you combat seasonal depression and connect you with a therapist. Contact us today to speak with a professional.