Have you ever had a seasonal depression? It’s more common than we might think. Seasonal depression often coincide with the shift of seasons when hormones and moods are up and down. It also refers to a mild depression happening at specific moment period in your life. This might be the anniversary of a traumatic event, trying to adapt to a new environment, struggling to find employment, facing sickness, changing lives etc.
Seasonal depression is faced by many people than we can imagine. People around you might be going through that without you even noticing. I have personally went through that and I thought I should share what I know on the subject and how I was able to overcome that. Few days ago I did quick yes or no question on the subject on my social media platforms and more than 70% of my community voted yes they have experienced seasonal depression at some point in their lives.
Before diving into the subject and talking about ways to overcome seasonal depression it’s important to first look at common signs of seasonal depression. Finding yourself constantly sad, increase alcohol consumption, feeling down, crying for no reason, avoiding people, spending your day doing nothing, no longer interested in what you used to love, being mean for no reason or having dark thoughts. You might be going through seasonal depression and doing nothing to get out of this stage can have consequences.
How to overcome seasonal depression
Write down your thoughts
Write down everything that going on in your head. It can help boost your mood as you get some of your negative feelings out of your system. Often when I write what going on in my head it helps me get clarity and really understand how I feel and why I feel that way. Most of the time, burning those thoughts written on papers helps me to let go off those thoughts as constantly seeing them serve no purpose. It might work for you as well or not but try writing all your negative feelings and burn those papers
Talk to someone
Don’t just talk to anyone. Talk to someone you trust, someone who is a good listener, someone who can help you unfold what going on with you and how to guide you through this phase. Some days it will be hard to even find words to describe what’s going on but surely the person you talk to can help you put words to your feelings. It’s important to also remember that you can talk to a professional whose well equipped to guide you through those difficult time.
Pray about it
As a Christian, prayer has always played an important role in my life. It helped you get closer to God and believe that you are not alone even though no one get what you are going through you know God is with you. Having a strong faith has always helped me believe that better days are coming, there is still hope and God will never forsake you. When you feel a certain type away run to God, pray about it. A number of people on my social media platforms also said praying and having faith have played a huge role in overcoming their seasonal depression.
Go get some sunshine
Don’t isolate yourself, go outside get some sunshine, exercise, go for a walk in the park, go for a run. Do whatever you can to get moving it will boost your mood. I enjoy going for long walk alone and see life going on around me like kids running around, people laughing and eating it always lift my spirit and see life is worth living and there are do many things to be grateful for.
Take a weekend away
If your finances allows, take a weekend away from your environment. Go visit family, friends or go for a solo weekend to wherever you want. Do what you have never done, try something new, you will feel more alive, you will feed your mind with new thoughts.
Depression isn’t always dark rooms and crying endlessly. Sometimes it’s getting up, going to work smiling, laughing all day and coming home to sit quietly doing nothing until you sleep. Don’t wait until it’s too late, talk about it, pray, try to do what you enjoy, visit family and friends and most importantly seek professional help.
Have you ever went through seasonal depression? How did you overcome that?
Till next Sunday