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Tips To Prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder: Part II

Introduction

In my previous article I described tips to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months.  In this article, I will expand upon this topic and describe three more tips to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months.

Make Your Home Colorful

One tip to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months is to make your home colorful.  When you have color in your home, this improves your mood.  According to postpartumprogress.com, the following can be stated:

Add color to your home

This is kind of a materialistic one, I know, but this may be a great time to add color and brightness.  Those of us who live in the land of seasons get a burst of color (albeit fall color) and then all of the color in our environment seems to disappear. Re-charging your environment may help to keep your spirits up.

Take A Deep Breath

In addition, sometimes it is important to take a deep breath and realize you are doing the best you can do.  According to postpartumprogress.com, the following can be stated about this topic:

Breathe

Seriously. When we get ramped up in our emotions, we tend to move faster to stay ahead of feelings that are distressing.  We do more. Unfortunately, counter to expectation, this actually can make us feel more anxious. If you notice that you are becoming depressed or anxious during this time, you may find that a few deep, belly breaths helps to calm the tension …  and slow you down.

Have Your Basic Needs Met

In addition to making your home colorful and taking a deep breath, it is also important to have your basic needs met.  Make sure you have balance in your life as well.  According to postpartumprogress.com, the following can be stated:

Make sure you are meeting your basic needs.  Sleep, nutrition (including adequate protein intake), exercise, and water intake are all imperative for brain health and functioning and can help us to tolerate the effects of stress.

Conclusion

To conclude this particular article, this article has provided readers with strategies prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months.  They include but are not limited to adding color to your home, taking a deep breath, in addition to having your basic needs met.  If you engage in these three strategies to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder, everything will begin to fall into place over time, gradually again.

Tips To Prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder: Part II


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2017). Tips To Prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder: Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/02/tips-to-prevent-seasonal-affective-disorder-part-ii/

 

Last updated: 1 Mar 2017
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