Trees everywhere are shedding the last of their leaves for the year, snow will be falling soon after the leaves are done, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. These long up-coming winter nights will be here before we know it, and many people will start to feel the effects of the shorter days soon.
All over the world, millions of people each year are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder. S.A.D, as it’s widely known, is a type of depressive disorder in which episodes of depression occur during the same season each year. It’s sometimes called the “winter blues,” because it tends to be at it’s peak during the winter months in areas of the world where the nights are longer and the temperatures are colder.
This year, we’re encouraging you to take steps to take care of yourself to prevent the “winter blues” from setting in. Here are some tips that should help you do that:
- Talk With Your Doctor: If you’ve experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder, or any type of depression in the past, make an appointment with your doctor or a mental health professional and have a conversation with them about how you’re feeling, what you’re feeling, and why. They may be able to suggest some alterations to your diet or prescribe medication to help you manage this time of your life.
- Get Moving: As with any form of depression or even
just a bad day, exercise is a great stress reliever and mood booster. As you exercise
your body releases endorphins which counteract the affects of S.A.D. and depression
in general. On top of that, you’ll feel better about yourself if you stick to
it and are in better shape by the springtime.
- Wash Your Windows: I know, I know. That sounds weird,
but hear me out. One of the key triggers of S.A.D. is the lack of natural
sunlight that your body and mind are getting to interact with on a daily basis.
Did you know your body’s main source of Vitamin D actually comes from the sun?
There’s also a myriad of additional benefits to having natural light in your
life on top of the benefits to your mood. So, I know it’s already getting cold
where you are, but Eccotemp makes a portable water heater that will help you
get those windows clean without freezing your hands off. Be sure not to use hot
water on already frozen windows so that they don’t crack and only use a propane-powered
water heater in a well ventilated area. You can find a portable water heater
that will fit your needs at the link below and our customer support staff would
be happy to speak with you if you have any questions.