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Seasonal depression is a very real thing that can affect people when the cold, rainy, and wintery months come to visit us; the miserable weather can be detrimental to your overall outlook on life. If you are one of the people who know this demon all too well, there are ways to try and conquer seasonal depression.

  1. Access to Light and Sun:
    • Light therapy boxes give off light that mimic sunshine and can help in the recovery from seasonal depression. The light from the therapy boxes is brighter than regular light bulbs, and it is provided in different wavelengths. If you sit in front of a light box for about 30 minutes a day, it will trigger your body’s circadian rhythms and suppress its natural release of melatonin

  1. Essential Oils:
    • Essential oils can influence the area of the brain that’s responsible for controlling moods and the body’s internal clock that affects sleep and appetite. You can add a few drops of essential oils to your bath at night to help you relax. Essential oils that help prevent depression include: bergamot, lavender, ylang-ylang, grapefruit, tangerine, and basil.
  2. Exercise:
    • Outdoor exercise would be incredibly helpful. But if you can not exercise outside because of the weather, choose a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical machine close to a window. Exercise can also help offset the weight gain that is common with seasonal depression.
  3. Vitamin D:
    • Researchers behind a 2013 meta-analysis noticed that study participants with depression also had low vitamin D levels. The same analysis found that, statistically, people with low vitamin D were at a much higher risk of depression. The researchers believe that because vitamin D is vital for brain function, insufficient nutrient levels may play a role in depression and other mental illnesses. You can take supplements and there are foods rich in vitamin D.
  4. Talk to Your Doctor:
    • Talking to a mental health professional can be scary, but there are in the field to help people. There are many screening questions that can help determine if someone is depressed and your doctor will be able to tell if this is seasonal or if a more significant issue is at play.

These are only a few solutions and ways to prevent seasonal depression. For more information,  visit these websites:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/treatment/ways-to-ease-seasonal-depression/#04

https://www.healthline.com/health/depression-and-vitamin-d#connection

Grace Barger
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My name is Grace Barger, and I am a junior studying English Education. One day I hope to obtain my Ph.D. and become an English professor. I enjoy painting my nails, organizing, and reading.

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