Tricks for Beating the Winter Blues

Seasonal Depression is REAL. There is something about the leafless trees, the frigid air and the gray skies that can rip away motivation and tear at positivity.

Seasonal Depression is a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year.

For many, this begins during Autumn and continues through the Winter months.

Symptoms of Seasonal Depression include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal.

We at Annapolis Area Doulas are committed to helping new families navigate the transition(s) that parenthood brings, even through out the low points. So we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you beat the Winter Blues.

Get outside. 

We know, not high on the agenda when the temperature is low, but just trust us. It is recommended that you enjoy the great outdoors within the first two hours of being awake. Setting a goal to get outside within this time frame can also help those who struggle with getting out of bed in the morning.

Make your home brighter. 

Make yourself happy when skies are gray. This can mean anything from leaving the curtains open through out the day, investing in LED light bulbs, or even a colorful new duvet cover to help you welcome each day on a bright (and cheery!) note.

Vitamin D Supplements. 

Vitamin D has been described as the ‘sunlight hormone’ because our bodies typically produce Vitamin D in response to sun exposure. Which explains why many are lacking Vitamin D during the colder seasons. It has been estimated that roughly 70% of the United States population is Vitamin D deficient. Many who struggle seasonal affective disorders found that vitamin D supplements improved their mood.

If you are experiencing Winter Blues, Seasonal Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder and cannot get your symptoms to subside we recommend contacting your health care provider. Your provider can walk you through your options for treatment, and get you on a regimen that works best for you.