Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people. I promise it is a real thing. The Mayo Clinic defines SAD as "A mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year." Mine comes in the dead of winter. So this winter, I wrote down a couple of things that made me feel better.
1. Take a hot shower/bath
All the steam in the bathroom and the heat from the water soothes the soul for real.
2. Get out of bed
Try and wake up earlier than usual.
3. Buy a happy lamp
They mimic sunlight but without the UV rays.
4. Make your bed everyday
One small accomplishment everyday.
5. Sit in your living room as opposed to your bed room
6. Eat healthier
7. Do one small thing for yourself everyday
Get a cup of coffee or go for a walk.
I hate it as much as the next person but it does help.
9. Go out with friends
I know sitting at home may be ideal but it's nice to be surrounded by people who love you.
10. When you're sad, let yourself be sad
Cry, listen to sad music, do what you gotta do.
11. Ask for help
Let people know what you're going through. It's ok.
12. Take care of yourself
Put on a facemask. Paint your nails.