5 Mental Health Boosters to Combat Winter Sadness - "As the days get darker, colder, and shorter, it’s a good time to install some extra mental health boosters into your routine."

  1. Appreciate you. Also something that doesn't get mentioned nearly enough is incorporating novelty (new things) into your life from time to time. It triggers the dopaminergic system. One simple way I've found is just by simply taking a new route to work or going down a side street on the way home and noticing things you never would have if you didn't. Acknowledge the fact that people live on this street you've never been down before and they have lives and futures that you will never know or will ever be a part of, but appreciate the fact that you took the time to share that brief moment thinking about their existence.

  2. pull out the christmas tree early, (re)play videogames, snuggle up and spend a bit more on delicious food.

  3. How about we finally start using automation to "take all the jobs" so we, mammals, can stop acting like it's natural to function just as much through every season.

  4. No! I need to eat! Let’s not do that until we no longer need to pay rent and pay for food. Otherwise, yes, I’m with you!

  5. Mate I came here to say this time of year makes me crave coke and booze but I don't know why. Is my body not producing endorphins it normally would because its dark and cold? I had a serious problem with both a few years back but now don't really bother with either but winter is the hardest to get through.

  6. You need to use them a lot (8ish hours) to get a decent effect. They simply don't put out as high a quantity of energy. The best thing you can do is use vitamins to supplement what you're losing from lack of sun.

  7. It’s hitting me hard this winter. We have had cloudy days for about 2 weeks. I’m taking vitamin D and using a happy lamp. They are helping a bit.

  8. I like to play disc golf. Can be played in any weather and it gets you out of the house and moving. Dress warm and wear proper footwear. Hot packs for your hands help.

  9. I'm a introvert person with social anxiety, SAD and a dreadful illness that filled my skin with pustules, injuries, pain and extreme pruritus.

  10. How common is seasonal affect? Winter has always been my favorite time, I have never been bothered by shorter days.

  11. It's a bit of a debate at this point. The problem lies in that during winter, it's a natural function to become less active and sort of "hole up." It's how we've had to survive winters for most of our existence. The idea that we have to keep productivity at the same rates as the other seasons is simply against our nature.

  12. I like fall and winter best too! Spring is my toughest season. I think it may all hinge on how we make, store and use Vitamin D. Some of us never have too little, some start feeling the effects of too little by winter for sure, some not until spring.

  13. Mine too. Along with fall. Please people. Don't start with the drugs. It's a rabbit hole. Get a mood light - they help! - learn to love, or at least appreciate the seasonal differences, take a walk in the rain, or when it's snowing in the early evening on a quiet, cold, starry night. My favorite time to do that! Then make yourself some soothing hot cocoa or hot soup, watch a good uplifting movie, have sex or not, enjoy a relaxing hot shower, climb into your nice, warm bed, and just remember that all things pass and the sun will shine again soon. Our mood is many times influenced by our thoughts, so try to think happy thoughts. Blessings everyone!+ Edit to add I'm not being cavalier or uncaring about seasonal depression. I know it's real because my daughter suffers from it, but she has learned to deal with it. Just trying to help, so no offense meant to anyone.

  14. If it's dark when we get to work and dark when we leave, maybe the problem is our economic system, not our routines.

  15. Most people can’t get enough vitamin D from winter sun, depending on location, skin color, percentage exposed skin. If the sun is very low, the UVB rays are blocked by atmosphere before they reach you. People with darker skins need to spend a longer time in the sun to prevent deficiency. In some regions, wearing a t shirt outside in winter would be extremely uncomfortable, and some people have cultural or personal reasons for not exposing their skin. Getting adequate middday sun exposure from March to November can help maintain levels through the winter.

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