6 Ways To Cure Seasonal Depression

6 Ways To Cure Seasonal Depression

Don't let winter get you down.

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We've all experienced seasonal depression in some form or another. Regardless of its cause - cold weather, lack of sunlight, or the lack of greenery - many will agree that the winter months can become a drag and it can be easy to get in a slump. Here are six easy ways to keep your mood and productivity up this winter!

1. Decorate your space

Bring some lively colors into your dorm room, apartment, or house by decorating. Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day are right around the corner! If you're on a budget, check out Target, the dollar store, or even DIY some small things to spruce up your space!

2. Hang some lights

Part of the reason people are unproductive or more depressed in the winter is that it gets dark so early. I recommend getting additional lights to create a cozier environment and prevent your space from getting too dark when you're trying to get things done!

3. Exercise

As famously said by Elle Woods in Legally Blonde : "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't shoot their husbands!" Getting into a workout routine can help to keep you motivated and in a better mood!

4. Take study breaks

Isolating yourself and focusing only on homework or studying for hours at a time doesn't help to boost anyone's mood. If you feel yourself starting to fade after a while at your desk or table at the library, take a break. Get up and make a lap around the library or your floor. You can also ask friends to get meals to give yourself something to look forward to and break up your work!

5. Get a good night's sleep

Being tired and drained doesn't make studying or getting motivated any easier. Starting your day well-rested and ready to get into your activities can put you in a much better mood.

6. Make some new playlists

Most people listen to music throughout their day, and putting on the right songs can turn your mood and productivity around. Switch up the songs you've been constantly playing for something new. A playlist dedicated solely to motivation with upbeat songs can help you get through that workout or assignment. I also recommend a playlist full of songs that just make you happy or you associate with great memories. Putting that on shuffle when you're down can make you happy in an instant!

Kick seasonal depression to the curb and make this winter your most productive yet!

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An Open Letter To The Person Who Can't Do It Anymore

"Strength grows in the moments when you think you can't go on, but you keep going anyway."
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Hey you, yeah you! You’re the person who everyone sees as having their life together. Everyone comes to you with all their problems and tells you how you give the best advice. But no one ever seems to care about how you are doing. Even when they ask the cliche line “How are you?” You respond with “I’m alright” or “I’m okay” and they don’t respond anymore or just ignore your response and start talking about something else. You’re the person who puts everyone else’s happiness before your own, and you question why because when does anyone ever do that for you. And sometimes you feel like you just can’t do it anymore.

When I say can’t do it anymore, I’m not talking about being suicidal, I’m talking about feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally dead, to the point where you can just lay in bed for hours staring at the ceiling not realizing the time that has gone by. You have no motivation to do anything. Then you eventually just isolate yourself from everyone, even your closest friends. It’s not the feeling that you can’t do it anymore that gets you, it’s all the other stuff that comes with it. It’s the feeling of being left out, lonely, uncared for, overwhelmed, and so much more. But most of all you feel lost. Sometimes you just cry, and the worst part about it, you don't know why, you're jsut sad. Sure you have friends and family you can go to, but you question whether they even care about you at times. You try so hard to help and please everyone but no matter what you do, it never seems to be good enough for anyone. Sometimes you just can't get it right, or at least it seems that way. Which is okay because you realize everyone makes mistakes, but yours just seems to be huge ones that affect friendships or life choices rather than small ones that don't have any affect on you. Or it seems that way. On top of everything though, you just feel like something is missing, but you have no idea what it could be.

Every day is hard for you to get up out of bed, let alone to put on a smile and act like everything in your life is perfect, but it’s not, it feels like everything is crashing down on you all at once. And the worst part, it just seems like everything keeps getting worse and worse and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But there is, as hard as it is to believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

You just have to keep going. Keep faking that smile, helping others, and doing your everyday best. Keep fighting. You may feel like you’re dying, but it will be okay. Have something to fight for. Whether it’s your future, your goals, your friends, family members, pets, or whatever it might be. Keep being the good person you are towards others because eventually someone will notice and appreciate your kindness, you will see the light, and not only wonder why you felt that way before, but you will feel full and have everything you have ever dreamed of. Even though you feel physical, mentally, and emotionally dead now, just remember there is more to life than this feeling and eventually, you will see the light, sometimes when you at least expect it.

Sincerely,

The person who has been there more than once

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Depression Is A Balancing Act That Is And Isn't In Our Control

Managing depression can sometimes feel overwhelming.

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*Warning: Before reading any further is that this article will be talking about heavy topics such as depression and suicide.*

Depression in this day and age is a very sticky topic to talk about. Yes, we are becoming more aware and accepting of the issue, but we still have a long ways to go in terms of really know how we can be there for people in a way that's most effective and where they don't feel judged because of it.

I have dealt with depression most of my life and especially going through college. It didn't become a big thing for me till I came to college, and then having to navigate my issue of it. Whether that's talking about it friends vaguely about it, bottling it all in, going for professional help, etc. It's one of the many reasons why I'm afraid of meeting someone new, or wanting to be in a relationship, I was afraid of the judgment and feeling that if I told someone they either might not want to do anything with me, say it's too much for them, etc.

Now some of those fears, in my opinion, were unjustified in a sense that yes even though it is important for people to be there for me in my time of need, I need to be conscious of how much I share and whether they can take that piece of me I shared. It's a balancing act that is hard to manage, but it allows me for a much-needed look into myself of what actually makes me happy, what doesn't, what triggers my depression and going out of my way to make sure I don't let it take control of me.

The depression took me to places, very dark places that I'm happy to have push through, with my depression it made my thoughts go into suicidal ideation, and even hurting myself, an act that I never thought I would ever do but thankfully I had people in my life that helped me overcome that and going to talk to a professional.

Depression is a mental health issue that most everyone struggles with regardless of where they're at in life, it can come like a tidal wave, or not at all. It's an internal struggle with ourselves, and we do our best trying to get through it. I know that I'm not alone in this, and if you're reading this you're not alone either.

Don't be afraid to talk about it, but be mindful of other people and how much you can share in order for them to be able to process it, go for professional help, exercise, hang out with friends. Don't let depression fully control your life, it won't go away but if we can manage it in a way that helps us be able to keep it under control then that's a win.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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