This year has already taken a severe toll on everyone both physically and mentally. However, as the winter months draw closer many people face the struggles of seasonal depression. It can be hard enough to face this challenge on a regular year without the pandemic. Here are a few ways you can beat seasonal depression at this time.
Talk to Your Doctor
It may be helpful to meet with your doctor to discuss your options. If you have not yet been diagnosed, they can help you through this process. Your doctor can also help direct you to helpful mental health resources. This can include therapies and even medication. Your doctor can help you see what will be most beneficial for your unique situation.
Stick to a Routine
Especially during these uncertain times, it can be difficult to feel in control. One way to help regain that sense of control is to establish a healthy routine. You can begin each day knowing what to expect and this can help to reduce stress. A routine also helps to keep you busy and engaged. This can be a welcome distraction from the negativity and uncertainty of the current pandemic. As you establish your routine, make time for all important activities. Include some exercise in your routine. This is especially beneficial as exercise releases endorphins which are known to relieve stress.
One of the major benefits of having a routine is establishing a better sleep cycle. You can help your body get more in sync in order to increase the quality of sleep. Just remember to have a good environment for quality sleep. Blue light from your phone before bed can decrease your quality of sleep. By establishing a regular sleep schedule as part of your routine, you’ll be more well-rested and have more energy for the day.
While everyone is still cautioned to be socially distant at this time, it’s still important to maintain social interaction. This is especially true of those who are dealing with seasonal depression. It’s important to have connections in your life. There are still many ways you can have these connections during the pandemic. You can have constant communication with others through social media or texting.
You may also want to consider having regular video calls with friends and family. This way you can stay up to date and still feel like you’re together. You can even play games or do other activities through video calls. It may be possible for in-person interactions, but make sure you consider these options carefully. Remember to be safe no matter what you do.
These are trying times and it may get harder during the winter months. However, don’t give up hope. There are many ways you can address your mental health in a positive manner. Try the things above and see what works best for you.
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