It is the time of year once again where Fridays in the Seattle area become “Blue Fridays” in support of the Seahawks. While I love football and enjoy routing on the Seahawks, another “blue” comes to mind this time of year. The winter blues, AKA seasonal affective disorder.
Here are a few ways to help try and fight the blues:
1. Maximize your exposure to light: Open your blinds, take a walk outside when possible, anything to get some natural daylight, even if it is cloudy daylight can help.
2. Engage in activities you enjoy: Like any form of depression, doing things you enjoy helps improve your mood.
3. Exercise: Not only does this help with your overall health, exercise helps to release endorphins that can make you feel happier.
4. Consider light therapy: Make sure to use light boxes designed for seasonal affective disorder because there are different types. Do your research before purchasing and using light therapy.
5. Vitamin D/Omega 3 fatty acids: Some research has shown that these 2 substances can help with many functions in the body and also help improve mood.
6. Set goals: Many people are goal driven and when they are striving to achieve something, they have a more positive outlook on life. With this, reward yourself when goals are accomplished.