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Preparing Yourself for Seasonal Depression

The Holidays are looming and I have to be ready.

For the majority of my life I have experienced seasonal depression, and November has traditionally been the beginning of a change in my mood. Knowing I might fall into a depressive state, I try to prepare myself.

I make myself go to the gym and work out a little more, force myself to commit to one or two Holiday parties, and I take time to think about what it can be like to feel glued to my bed.

Sounds morbid but I think about previous years where I was stuck in a dark place and what that felt like; what that looked like. Maintaining appearances might take some extra effort but if taking more time to put on some makeup is going to make me feel more presentable and uplifted, it’s worth the effort. I also try to pick out nice clothes. I don’t want my sweatpants to be at the top of my laundry and make wearing depression clothes a routine. I try to cut back on sugar and eat as healthy as I can for comfort food in my case, mirrors depression. I might schedule a couple extra sessions with my therapist just to be safe.

Make-up, hair, clothes, food, these are minor things that truly can go a long way. The memory of me sitting at home alone with no healthy food in my fridge, and a mop of hair on my head, in loose clothing has to fuel my attempt to not fall into my depressive trap.

Seasonal depression is real. Take small steps to prepare for it, if you happen to fall into it.

Preparing Yourself for Seasonal Depression

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2016). Preparing Yourself for Seasonal Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 29, 2020, from


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