Seasonal Depression: How To Overcome It As A Full-Time Creator
Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Welcome back to another post!
How is it already November? Has anyone else been blaring Christmas tunes? Did I say that too soon?
Get your Vitamin D at the ready! Now that the clocks have fallen back an hour, we are in the midst of exposure to longer amounts of darkness and little to no sunshiny days. Not sure about you, but every time the clocks change I feel sluggish.
I’m sure I’m not the only one...
What does it take to keep our spirits bright when we leave for work in the morning and come back home in near-to-complete darkness?
Here are some of our common precautions that we can take to boost our moods through all those seemingly sunless weeks...
1) Get Up Early
Getting up as soon as your first alarm hits is half of the morning battle. But once we’re into the thick of the Fall, there’s something uninspiring about waking up to total darkness. As my mother has always told me, “Sometimes you just have to push yourself.”
If you, too, are prone to laziness or you’re always feeling fatigued, try to set your alarm for 5-minutes prior to the time you wish to get out of bed. Make sure you have your outfit selected the night before (that way you have something to look forward to), rise & shine, and get a little bit of meditation in. I love waking up and using the Headspace app to feel energized and ready to face the day... aside from my morning cup of coffee, of course.
2) Eat Well
My family is probably reading this right now and laughing internally.
Though I’m not the healthiest fiend on the face of the planet, Alex & I make sure to pack the healthful snacks before running out of the house. Even something quick like a power bar is packed with enough protein to resist the middle of the workday crash & burn. Although I only “take my coffee with my oxygen” (praise be to Lorelei Gilmore), little substitutions such as fruit, nuts, and seeds in lieu of chips and cookies have really taken a positive effect on my energy levels throughout my fun, jam-packed schedule.
3) Buy A Happy Lamp
Not enough sunshine in your life during the winter season? Have no fear. There is literally a product out on the market known as a happy lamp. For my fellows on the fence of being an optimist or a pessimist, this product is for you.
Containing “happy energy,” these UV-free simulated light devices were created to evoke daily doses of pure, happy vibes.
In turn, your mood is affected for the better and could lead to better nights of rest and higher levels of productivity throughout your day!
Who knew light therapy was actually a thing? Be sure to grab one for yourself here.
4) Write In A Thankfulness Journal
When in doubt, write it out. For those particularly harsh mornings, I force myself to take another deep-breather by writing all of the things I am grateful for in a journal.
I purchased one through Magnolia’s Hearth & Hand collection at Target. They are so cute and I am always sure to keep a pen handy.
I format each entry by adding the date at the top of the page. This way I can write one, two, or twenty things that I am grateful for that day. Whenever I want, I can look back to the archives on what I was grateful for and when.
5) Create A Countdown Clock To Spring
T minus 126 days. You got this, kid!
Also: there’s an app for that.
6) Get A (Winter) Hobby
Last Winter, a dear friend of ours had volunteered during her time in med school at the local slopes as a ski patroller. Never having skied before, we got free passes to go skiing for the first time ever! At first, I was so nervous. Due to my recent autoimmune diagnosis, I wasn’t sure how my blood sugar levels were going to take due to the excessive amounts of movement.
We took extra precautions and plenty of breaks while hitting the slopes so I didn’t overexert myself. After a few rounds of bunny hills and two beginner-level trails, skiing is now one of my new, favorite hobbies! Alex and I cannot wait to go back this season with our Med School friends. An experience like this has allowed me to add an optimistic take to my pre judgmental opinions on winter.
7) Hygge Time
Last winter I had the pleasure of reading The Little Hygge Book: Danish Secrets To Happy Living by Meik Wiking. For those who have never heard of this book or the concept, Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish word for coziness. It is used to express a special moment or feeling such as a night relaxing with friends, getting into your cozy clothes and reading a book, making a cup of tea or coffee and indulging in your favorite pastry.
Needless to say, reading this book was absolutely life-changing! Hygge was just what I needed in order to Zen out after a long day of work. Don't feel like leaving your house? That's okay. Grab a cozy blanket, light a candle, diffuse some essential oils and watch that show you've been meaning to check out! Yet another enjoyable experience that you can do year-round (but let's face it, it sure sounds like the perfect opportunity to partake during the cold, winter months)!
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