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How To Battle Seasonal Depression

As the temperature begins to decline and the snow begins to plummet from the forlorn sky, your well-being may begin to take a plunge as well. The months of December, January and February seem to prolong infinitely, you’re extremely fatigued for every waking moment, and you’re puzzled on why you suddenly feel this way. Do not fear: the answer to these syndromes may be that you are experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short. SAD is a valid and legitimate form of depression that exists for a short period of time, usually during the winter months, and affects people of all ages. Symptoms include fatigue and low energy, irritability, appetite changes and weight gain, manifestations of inabilities to abide with peers, and burdensome perceptions in the arms and legs. If there are any suspicions or concerns that you may be suffering from seasonal depression, seek help from doctors or trusted friends and family. For extra advice, this guide will hopefully help you revive from those wintry sorrows which we all hate.

Realize and Cope With Your Depression

Don’t ignore or repress your feelings, that will simply make the situation worse in the long run. The only way for things to get better is if you effectively express your feelings and attempt to change things for the better. Look at your symptoms and make a plan on how you will travel the road to recovery, because being in a strong mental state is paramount for success and living an overall content life. Do anything and everything to keep your mind off of the fact that you are enduring SAD symptoms; but I would not suggest completely neglecting the fact, which leads me to the next bit of advice…

Keep Busy

Keeping busy can be an excellent form of distraction. Journaling, taking a walk, listening to music or any other activity that you enjoy will be relaxing and refreshing and hopefully help you feel more put together. Getting a good night’s rest will do your mental state wonders, as well as eating healthy and exercising if possible. Even when waking up seems like a chore, push yourself to rise and be productive throughout the entirety of the day. Although making sure you make time for the things you enjoy is a necessity, being overworked, while it does provide a great distraction from the depression, will only cause more harm than benefitting you. Planning out your week will also help with organization and preventing strain.

Light Therapy

According to Mayo Clinic, light therapy can relieve many who are experiencing SAD symptoms. While sunlight naturally provides you with the “mood-lifting” chemical serotonin, light therapy can mimic pure outdoor light that you are typically exposed to during the spring and summer. The light may cause a change in chemicals, positively affecting your mood, but it does not affect everyone equally. If possible, talk to a doctor or a like professional to see if light therapy is right for you. You can buy a natural light spectrum for relatively reasonable price online.

Remember That Winter Doesn’t Last Forever

Self-assurance is vital when coping with depression, and especially while facing SAD. Keep in mind that you are not alone in this fight: 1 in 3 of all people experience SAD and many of its symptoms in one form or another. Remember: winter will eventually end and things will get better. It just simply takes time.

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Remy Fisher, a 16-going-on-17-year-old girl who lives in rural Northeast Indiana. Currently the Editor-in-Chief of her high school's newspaper and yearbook, she plans on studying journalism in the near future and wishes to spend the rest of her existence writing and documenting. An emotional Pisces and David Bowie devotee, Remy loves talking politics and anything relating to feminism as well as inspiring and educating her peers through the power of writing.

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