I wanted to talk a bit about winter sadness today. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. Every time it starts to get cold and dark I suddenly see myself feeling less happy. I feel stressed, alone and anxious. The three magical words that lead me to the umbrella term depressed. After much research I have found that it wasn’t just me, this was widespread and very common. They even call it SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It was actually discovered back in 1984. It’s honestly caused by less exposure to sunlight and warmth.
I wanted to give you all my best tips on how to overcome this feeling of depression during the cold months. Especially since this one is supposed to be rough for us northerners.
- Me time
I love Me Time! It is the best time of the day for me. I like to take a few minutes or hours if I can spare of just calm. I watch a tv show I’ve been loving. I take baths. I color in my stress relief coloring books. I read a book. I meditate. I even take naps. Whatever I need in those few moments I make it happen. Everyday I try to do something that I know will leave me feeling amazing.
2. Spend time with loved ones
I love having dinner with my family. We try to make it a habit to sit down and just eat all together. It gets my spend time with love ones time in. I also have coffee or go shopping with my mom. Or I watch a movie or tv show with my Dad. My boyfriend also lives 2 hours away so I make time every other week to go see him.
3. Talk to someone
Whether it be a friend or someone professional. I always make sure I’m telling someone how I’m feeling. I know there is a lot of people who just don’t believe in therapy. I swear by it. It’s nice to have someone neutral tell you that you aren’t crazy.
If you can afford it, go somewhere nice and warm. If you can’t afford it just a change of scenery will make a huge difference. Go into the city and just spend some time experiencing everything your city has to offer. As someone who has lived close to Montreal for a few years now, I can count on my hand how many times I’ve gone.
5. Go outside
Much like my last suggestion, going outside is important. It maybe cold and dreary but there is still a sun in the sky. Go to the park or shopping. Do a winter activity like ice skating or skiing.
This is my new favourite thing. The Nordic Spa is my favourite place ever and they are very keen on their aromatherapy. I own as many incense as a woman about to tell your fortune. I also have enough candles for any power outage…ever. It nice for baths or just when you need some calm.
Please, if your SAD is affecting your everyday life, is all year around or leading you to suicidal thoughts talk to someone. Seek medical attention. I want everyone to have a safe and happy winter season.