Tips for Dealing with the Winter Blues
S.A.D., or seasonal affective disorder, can make living through the dark days of winter a depressing ordeal. There are some tactics, however, that can turn this time into a more pleasant period. These are three simple strategies for helping seasonal affective disorder.
Most of us have heard of S.A.D. lamps that provide full spectrum light therapy, to help those afflicted with seasonal affective disorder feel better. Instead of sitting passively near one of these light boxes, it may be more interesting to do something active that is also helpful.
Overcome S.A.D. with a Colorful Environment
Colors affect us physically and emotionally, and some hues may help those with seasonal affective disorder to feel better. Something as simple as being surrounded by cheerfully painted walls can do the trick. Personally, I find that bright colors such as yellow, gold, and orange remind me of sunshine and warm my spirit. Vivid blues also can be cheering and reminiscent of clear, summer days.
You can paint walls of your own home to counteract the dull dark winter skies, or search out other locations. Places such as libraries, shopping malls, or restaurants may be colorfully painted. Ethnic restaurants such as Mexican food establishments are decorated in warm, bright colors especially.
Overcome S.A.D. with a Busy, Active Environment
When natural daylight is scarce, the darkness can sometimes feel isolating for those with seasonal affective disorder. Being around other people in a busy environment can banish this effect. Central locations such as the public library or a popular coffee shop are ideal destinations. Here, one can do their own thing, while surrounded by human activity. Private, though still a part of the outside world, feelings of lonliness can disappear.
Overcome S.A.D. with a New Interest or Enjoyable Activity
One of the easiest ways to overcome depressing and lethargic feelings resulting from gloomy, dark days is to do something fun. When engrossed in an enjoyable activity, we don’t pay much attention to other things and can truly ignore the weather outside. Save some really special events or favorite activities that you don’t do routinely for some of the darkest days. Your moods may lift accordingly.
Another tactic is to revive an old passion, start a new hobby – try something different. The excitement of learning something new and fascinating, and playing with fresh possibilities can create good feeling that last.