As the sun sets earlier and the temperature continues to drop, some of us may be fearing for the season that lies ahead. While fall and winter bring joyful holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can also be a time of lethargy and low moods. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a mood disorder characterized by the change in seasons. People typically suffer from it at the same time every year; the majority suffer during late fall and winter. While the change of seasons is inevitable, one thing you can control is how you prepare for the season. Just as bears prepare to hibernate for the winter, you can combat seasonal depression by preparing your body and spirit to deal with the cold months.
Try these tips to fend off the winter blues and get the most out of the changing seasons:
1. Beat SAD with Supplements
Vitamin D is an essential supplement for bone, teeth, brain, and immune health. Vitamin D is often suggested as one of the number one suggestions for those suffering from SAD disorder, especially for Black people.
Our bodies typically get this vitamin from sun exposure, however, we get less exposure during late fall and winter. If you are unsure if your vitamin D is low, ask your doctor to test your levels and they will be able to recommend if a supplement is right for you.
In cooperation with your healthcare provider, research your options on what form and where you should get your vitamins.
2. Create Your Own Sun
While the natural sun will not come out as much, there are still ways to brighten your day. Light therapy lamps have proven to be helpful when used throughout the day to simulate sunlight.
This can be especially helpful when waking up in the morning in the winter darkness. Gradually more ‘sunlight’ in your day can make it easier to start your routine and get going. You can find a variety of light therapy lamps on Amazon, BestBuy, or Bed Bath & Beyond.
3. Stick To a Self-Care Routine
Proactive self-care is the best self-care. Think about what brings you