Tips for Overcoming Seasonal Depression in Colorado
Seasonal depression affects millions of people each year, and yours may be tied into Seasonal Affective Disorder. This common mental health problem impacts the lives of at least 5% of the U.S. population annually, and it’s marked by prolonged sadness, listlessness, and lack of energy throughout the winter season. What causes seasonal depression, and how can you treat it?
Foundations Family Counseling offers virtual therapy in Colorado to residents struggling with seasonal depression as well as ongoing mental health problems. To help make coping a bit easier this season, here are some of our favorite tips.
1. Spend Time Outdoors
Any little bit of time you have under direct sunlight can benefit seasonal depression. Because the sun sets earlier during the winter in Colorado, your body may release more melatonin and less serotonin. As a result, you are prone to feeling more tired, less energized and more depressed throughout the day.
2. Exercise in the Afternoon or Evening
Even a short 15-minute workout between 1 to 5 PM can help boost your energy levels and release mood-elevating endorphins to carry you throughout the evening. Routine exercise is also a good way to manage your mental health year-round; physical exercise helps you physically reconnect with your body and avoid getting lost in ruminating thoughts.
3. Stay Connected With Others
Depression fuels solitude, and withdrawing from others can make you feel even worse. While it’s okay to scale back, you should still make an effort to engage in conversations with others. If you are not able to see people face-to-face, online interactions can be just as beneficial. Schedule a weekly video chat with your best friend, or join an online group to talk to others with shared interests.
4. Prioritize Good Sleep
Restful sleep is integral to managing seasonal depression. At least six to eight hours of restorative sleep each night promotes both physical and mental wellness year-round; if your depression keeps you up at night, try journaling before bed. This can be part of a routine that allows you to psychologically offload your insomnia-inducting thoughts somewhere else.
5. See a Therapist
Virtual therapy is a great way to connect easily with a licensed counselor. At Foundations Family Counseling, we have a passionate team of experts who specialize in everything from LGBTQ therapy to couples counseling and family therapy. Whatever is bothering you, even if you can’t quite place it, we are here to listen and help.
There is never a bad time to go to therapy, and you don’t have to wait until your feelings are too difficult to handle to seek help. Contact us today to learn more or to book your first session.