What’s That Shiny Ball of Light in the Sky?
by Meredith Winnett
My seasonal depression got really bad yesterday when we had a surprise 4 inches of snow when it was supposed to rain. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the snow. However, when you can’t remember the last time you had a day when it didn’t snow, you kind of just want to take a nap until the sun comes out again. Every time I looked out the window it was snowing harder. I just wanted to cry. It finally let up after a little while then the freezing rain came. Not quite as bad, but still. It’s winter weather.
Alright, so what can we do to treat seasonal depression?
- Get The D – Vitamin D that is. A major cause of seasonal depression is we’re not getting as much Vitamin D from the sun. Either the sun isn’t out, or we’re not outside as much as we are in the other months. Milk is an excellent source of Vitamin D. Other foods with Vitamin D: salmon, tuna, eggs, and mushrooms,.There are also supplements out there for a decent price.
- Workout – whether it’s early in the morning, mid-day, late night, whatever. Do a quick workout! 20 minutes of activity can raise your endorphin levels. Do some yoga, go for a run, do something! Here’s a site that gives you some quick yoga videos for any level. It’s freeeee!
- Chat with a Friend – Talk about anything! Laugh a little. You probably want to be away from everyone right now, but find a good friend who is able to cheer you up.
- Sit in the Sun – When it finally does come out, find a sunny window and sit there. Read, write, do whatever you’d normally do just with the sun beating on you.
- Find a Hobby – Take your mind off life for a little while. Go start a blog! Knit, draw, paint, learn!
- Volunteer – Whether it’s a homeless shelter or an animal shelter, go help others feel good. Helping other people will make you feel a lot better about yourself.
Have any tips? Need someone to talk to? Let us know in the comments!