This past weekend we had the most rain in Arizona I’ve seen since I moved here almost nine months ago. And while I know we really needed it, it made for a depressing few days. It’s so strange how weather can affect people’s moods and it reminded me of how much the Chicago weather affected me when I lived there. I was a complete shut-in during the winter months, hibernating my January and February away, being depressed and sad, all because of the weather.
Seasonal Affectation Disorder is real. Many people suffer from it, and the depression that can come from changes in the weather is absolutely real. What can you do to get through the gloomy moments of a dreary winter? Here are some suggestions:
*Get outdoors whenever you can and soak in the sunshine when it does come out. A little bit of Vitamin D does go a long way.
*Speaking of Vitamin D, take some. A supplement can help.
*Exercise is an important aspect for battling SAD. If you can’t exercise outdoors, try to maintain an exercise routine indoors.
*The last winter I spent in Chicago I rented all the seasons of The Office. Everyone kept talking about how funny it was and I had never seen it. I swear that show got me through my usual SAD depression. Find a show on DVD or Blu-Ray everyone keeps talking about and get into it. You’ll forget about your gloom and doom.
*Visit with friends. Go to lunch, see a movie – something fun and upbeat. Don’t stay inside contemplating the negative things in your life (or if you are staying inside, see above!).
*If you’re feeling like you’re in an especially bad place, and need to talk to your doctor, don’t be afraid to. That’s what your doctor is there for. He or she can recommend treatment for you.
Take these steps above, and pretty soon, spring will be here and the sun will be out full-time. Hang in there!