29 JUL - 2023
It's a SAD time of year.
Can you feel it? That crisp chill in the air, the fading daylight, and the melancholic melodies of winter? Yep, it's that time of year again when the seasons conspire against our happiness and throw us headfirst into the pit of seasonal depression.
Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects many of us when the sun decides to take a vacation. As the seasons change, our moods often follow suit. It's like the universe flips a switch and suddenly our spirits take a nosedive. Appetite changes, decreased libido and sleep troubles all take part.
Now, I won't sugarcoat it—seasonal depression is no picnic. It can make us feel like we're dragging our weary souls through an eternal winter wonderland. I, too, fall victim to this annual mental wrestling match. But this year around, I’m taking action andI thought I’d share some tips to help you brave the storm
First things first, awareness is key. Recognising that this shift in your mood is a recurring pattern can empower you to take charge of your mental well-being. Once you know what you're up against, you can prepare your arsenal of self-care techniques. One trusty weapon in my seasonal depression-fighting toolkit is light therapy. Our bodies crave sunlight, and during the darker months, we often don't get enough of it. So, why not cheat a little? Light therapy involves using a special lamp that mimics natural sunlight. Just a quick daily session of basking in its glow can work wonders for your mood. It's like summoning a ray of sunshine right into your living room!
Let's address the elephant in the room: motivation—or lack thereof. Believe me, I get it. When the world outside resembles a monochromatic painting, finding the drive to tackle your to-do list can feel like catching a slippery fish. But here's a secret: start small. Break your tasks into bite-sized pieces and celebrate each small victory. Don’t be too ambitious by cleaning the car, wardrobe and carpets in one morning, take one thing at a time and don’t be hard on yourself.
Parties and dinners seem to fizzle as the air gets colder and reaching out to do things with friends can be trying when you’re feeling low. My biggest challenge with SAD last year was the lack of motivation to go out and do things. I hadn't seen friends in weeks and I wouldn't enjoy myself when I built the energy to head out due to the depression.
To break out of this cycle, it took me the commitment of making ONE plan every weekend and getting excited for it. Whether it was getting my nails done, going to the mall to buy a new jacket, or taking my boyfriend on a date, I would make a plan and I would fulfil it. Oh the accomplishment I felt walking away from the salon or coming home knowing I had treated myself was so healing. Having a light at the end of a draining week felt the best, I was reaching out to friends, feeling better about myself and before I knew it, my old soddy ways were in the past.
Next up, let's talk about self-care. Oh, how the girls at Chatty Chums adore self-care! It's like a soothing balm for the soul. When the winter blues hit hard, it's essential to treat yourself with extra kindness and compassion. Soak in a warm bubble bath, indulge in a hot cup of tea, or curl up with a good book. Taking time for yourself is a gentle reminder that you deserve love and care—no matter the season. Our Body Is A Temple Beauty Box will be the perfect match for your self-loving evenings.
Exercise is a powerful ally in this battle. I get it, the idea of dragging yourself to the gym when all you want to do is snuggle up in a cozy blanket seems ridiculous. Trust me, I've been there. If gymming isn't your thing, you can take at-home pilates classes, even a spontaneous dance break in the comfort of your living room. Small things like these can work wonders for your mood. So, put on your favourite playlist, slip into your sneakers, and let those endorphins do their thing. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel afterwards.
So, my fellow winter warrior, as we brace ourselves for the chilly days ahead, remember that seasonal depression may knock us down, but it won't keep us there. Until then, let's bundle up, find joy in the little things, and face the cold with a heart as full as we can pack it.