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How to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Millions of people deal with seasonal affective disorder each year.

Millions of people deal with seasonal affective disorder each year. As the daylight hours get shorter and it’s dark out most of the time, it can have an adverse effect on your mental health. If you find your mood is slipping as the days grow shorter, here are some things that might help you out.

Don’t Lose Touch

More often than not, those who are suffering from seasonal affective disorder will seclude themselves. Many don’t feel they have the energy to deal with human interaction, and some just don’t want to be bothered. No matter how much you don’t want to deal with people, it will be much better for you to interact with those who bring out the best in you. If you don’t feel like going out, invite a couple of friends over to eat some pizza and watch a movie, or even just to talk.

Plan for Winter

Since winter is when daylight hours are at their shortest, it is often when the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are at their worst. It is never too early to start preparing yourself for this time. It is a good idea to pre-make healthy meals and put them in the freezer to re-heat when your motivation is low. If you don’t already take a multivitamin, now is a good time to start. For a lot of people, exercise really helps them feel better. Sign up for an exercise class or join a local gym. Many facilities offer child care if you are a parent. If your gym doesn’t offer child care, now is the time to find someone you can call to watch your little one for an hour or two while you exercise. Having a baby sitter on standby is also great for those times when you just need to get away. Caring for your children and dealing with the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder can be a lot to deal with and sometimes you might just need a small break.

Breathe

People tend to get very wrapped up in their lives and in their emotions. It is extremely important that if you feel like you’re getting stuck in your emotions that you take a step back and just breathe. Even if it’s only for two minutes of your day, that short time can do wonders for your mental health.

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