6 Ways to beat depression this winter

Health

Published: 2017-10-22 16:48

Last Updated: 2017-10-22 17:16


Editor: Arwad Khalifeh

SAD affects many people every autumn and winter. (Grand Forks Herald)
SAD affects many people every autumn and winter. (Grand Forks Herald)
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As winter approaches, many people will begin to feel moody, irritable and less energetic, as well as losing interest in going outside, sleeping for longer hours and craving carbohydrates.

Such symptoms begin to occur at the beginning of autumn, and intensify during the freezing months of December, January and February in Jordan.

Doctors refer to this state of mind as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

It is unknown what causes SAD, but it can have a severely debilitating effect on some people’s lives.

 

Stay happy, not SAD, this winter by following these steps:

1. Sleep

Via Metro

You must be getting at least seven hours of sleep every night. Studies show that a third of the population in developed countries get less than seven hours’ sleep. Therefore it is essential that you go to bed early during autumn, and turn off any distractions, such as TVs and mobile phones. If you find it difficult to sleep, either meditate or take a short walk for some fresh air.

 

2. Exercise

Via SportsPlanetMag

When you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins, aka, happy hormones. That’s why it’s important to exercise for at least 10 minutes a day to stay in a good mood and keep those endorphins coming.

 

3. Sunshine

Via ScienceDaily

Not only is the sun your only source of Vitamin D, but sitting in the sun for just 15 minutes is key to keeping your happy. Sunrays increase the level of serotonin in the brain, a chemical which keeps depression at bay. If clouds are keeping the sun hostage in autumn, you can go to places with bright lights to get your dose of fake sunshine.

 

4. Mindfulness

Via OBOlinx

This mind exercise will relax you and improve your mental wellbeing. Mindful.org describes mindfulness as being “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” More details on how to be mindful here.

 

5. Human interaction

Via CMX

Many factors can stop you from going out and interacting with others, but feeling isolated can eventually lead to depression. Try to stay connected with friends and relatives to keep your mood boosted and avoid feeling lonely.

 

6. Keep a diary

Via Mind of a Winner

Writing down your negative thoughts and feelings will release any negative vibes and replace them with positive ones. When you write your problems down, it puts things into perspective. When you look at them days, weeks or months later, you might change the way you feel or even find a solution for it.