Seasonal Sadness Tips
Updated: Feb 5, 2019
A long, cold winter can make coping with seasonal sadness extremely difficult for people who are sensitive to a lack of sunlight, so we’ve created a list of tips for coping with the symptoms of seasonal depression to make your winter a little brighter.
What is SAD?
Have the shorter days, cold weather and lack of sunshine got you feeling down? You may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder – otherwise known as SAD, which is kind of like a more complicated and serious version of the winter blues. SAD comes with a range of mental, physical and emotional symptoms that can last from fall through to spring.
If you’re feeling tired, unhappy or just not quite like yourself during the winter months, you’re not alone. Millions of people across North America report experiencing some level of seasonal depression. Each person’s experience is unique, but typically, symptoms include excess tiredness, discontent, an inability to concentrate, increased appetite and mood swings.
How to cope with seasonal sadness
If you start to feel like you’re dealing with seasonal depression, the best place to start your wellness journey is to visit your family doctor. Chat with them about your symptoms and they can let you know whether you’re just dealing with a rough patch or if you may need to seek therapeutic treatments for relief.
Light therapy to brighten your season
Light therapy is thought to be effective in addressing the symptoms of SAD. Light boxes have been proven to boost mood and energy; they do not cause any harmful side effects and they’re easy to use. You can find a number of different models to use online and at home appliance stores.
Support from a therapist to lighten your wellness load
Alternatively, or in addition to light therapy, your doctor may recommend some form of anti-depressant to help alleviate your challenging symptoms. This is especially true if you find your symptoms to be overwhelming to the point where they’re affecting your quality of life and ability to engage in work or school.
Another option is to visit a psychotherapist for cognitive coping techniques that aim to help improve your outlook and overall emotional wellness. The best thing to do is to speak to an expert: Don’t self-diagnose! Allow yourself to be transparent with your health care provider and they will help you get better in a safe and productive way.
Take back the winter
Don’t let SAD take over the winter season. If you’re not feeling like yourself, take action to improve your mental wellness .