Ease Your Seasonal Blues with 5 Essential Tips
Seasonal Affective Disorder is very common in areas like the Pacific Northwest. SAD, a major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern, typically comes around in autumn when there’s less light and ends around March or April.
I moved from the sunshine state of California and have found that the daily dreary weather of Tacoma, Washington can have a profound effect on my mood. I spent some time looking for ways to cheer up when the weather was affecting my mental health.
Here are my 5 must-haves that help me fight my seasonal depression symptoms.
Take Vitamin D
There are different ways to fight the seasonal blues. I make sure to take my Vitamin D supplements, which all KWC clinics carry. I also take multivitamins for general health and wellness.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness recommends daily 30-minute exposure to a light therapy box. You can also use things like artificial sun lamps which replicate sunrise and sunset to keep your circadian rhythm in balance.
Outdoor activities are difficult when the weather is nasty, but finding some activity to do outdoors is essential for maintaining your mental health. A brisk walk in midafternoon can do wonders for your mindset.
Caring for Pets
Focus on your pets and how you can stay active with them. The bond with a pet helps people not feel alone. When you can see, touch, hear or talk to your pets, it brings a sense of goodwill and happiness.
Trying things like Aromatherapy or even CBD Tincture Oils can also be beneficial. Adding a few drops to your bath or even buying special bath bombs can help.
Here at KWC, we are committed to your health and wellness journey. Make sure you have the help and support you need to see you through. If you need additional support, call 855-KET-WELL and start to feel better today!
Kellee Misloski is the Office Administrator for Ketamine Wellness Centers Washington