ahhh yess… December. Where you wake up when its dark and leave your job when its dark. All this lack of daylight can have its toll on your mental health. Winter depression impacts more than 10% of the population worldwide. Winter depression is clinically called Seasonal affective disorder is a mental health condition that is triggered by the changing of the seasons.
Even though we cannot control the changing of the seasons, there are a few things we can control in order to lower the impacts of it.
How to tackle Winter Depression in just three steps:
Step 1: Take vitamin D supplements.
Shortage on Vitamin D is a cause of depression or feelings of sadness and fatigue. Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Although vitamin D can be obtained from some foods, it is mostly taken up from sunlight. During Winter we have more hours of darkness and way less sun, possibly resulting in a shortage on Vitamin D.
Step 2: Keep Active and go outside (Even though it might be cold).
Research has shown that a daily one-hour walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues and being active at least for 20-30 min a day has many more health benefits.
Step 3: Prevent isolating yourself.
Talk it through with family, friends or a professional. Isolating yourself because there is less light-hours a day is a common issue during winter times. Make sure to keep your social life up! With christmas right around the corner, I bet this won’t be a problem.
Are you spending Christmas alone due to work or other reasons? Try giving your loved ones a video call. Interaction through video calling, if meeting in person is not optional, has been proven to have a positive effect on your mood.
Hopefully you’ll get through these dark and cold months with these three tips. Feel like you won’t be able to handle it on your own? Feel free to reach out to me so we can see what I can help you with! firstname.lastname@example.org