8 Tips to Combat Seasonal Depression

Written by: Sarah Mixson, M.S.W.
8 Tips to Combat Seasonal Depression

While fall can be an exciting time with Halloween, football, and cooler weather, it can also be a challenging time for people who suffer with depression. As the seasons change, some people notice their depression symptoms worsen. Here are some strategies and tips to improve your mood and overall well- being during the fall and winter.

  1. Get as much natural light as possible by spending time outdoors.
  2. Exercise regularly and consider indoor workouts if the weather is unfavorable.
  3. Maintain a routine by sticking to a daily schedule to establish stability and reduce feelings of lethargy.
  4. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  5. Stay connected with friends and family to combat isolation and loneliness.
  6. Practice stress reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing.
  7. Set realistic goals by breaking down tasks into manageable steps and set achievable goals to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  8. Consult with a mental health professional to see if therapy or medication could be right for you