Dr. Toni Marchand DC | November 29, 2023
Does winter have you feeling down? It’s not a myth that the winter season can have an affect on our mood and motivation. SAD, seasonal affective disorder, is having seasonal symptoms of low energy, low mood, sadness, and even depression in the winter months, often referred to as the winter blues. Below are a few tips to get through the winter months while still feeling like yourself!
- Stay active and get outside during the winter. Research shows that one hour of walking during the day can be as affective as light therapy. However, for those that start the day in the dark and end the day in the dark that can be difficult. Try to get outside on a lunch break even for a few minutes and utilize time off to be outdoors. Light therapy is a great option to add to this routine especially for those that have a tighter schedule.
- Take up a new hobby. Keeping your mind busy and having something to do and look forward to can help. This can be as simple as reading, puzzles, board games, or even learning new skills such as wood working, pottery, creating a new dish to try, etc.
- Increase vitamin D3 levels. Evidence supports that increasing vitamin D3 levels in the winter enhances positive affect and can even reduce negative feelings. However, depending on your levels of vitamin D; the dosage and when you should start taking vitamin D can be different for everyone. Someone with low levels might need to start taking the supplement weeks before the winter season to have the full benefit. Please consult your provider about vitamin D3 and proper dosing.
- Have a support system. Socializing and having a support system you trust, confide in, and have fun with helps greatly with mental health.
Work with a professional. Of course, if you feel like you need more support or you are experiencing feelings of sadness and lack of motivation outside of the winter season please talk to a professional about your experience and what you are feeling. You can also ask our team for any mental health resources and recommendations you might need.