Five tips to help you combat seasonal mood change
Are rainy days and cold nights making you feel a bit moodier than usual? You could be living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that some people experience during a particular season. Some of the common symptoms include low energy, excessive sleeping, changes to your appetite or diet, and feeling depressed, sluggish, or anxious. If you are feeling these effects, the first thing to know is that you are not alone. Around 10 million Americans are affected by SAD, with women four times as likely to be diagnosed with it than men.
Chin up! Carmel Terrace has some helpful ways to address these symptoms and get you feeling more like yourself.
1. A healthy diet
Did you know that maintaining a healthy diet is also beneficial to your mental health? A diet rich in protein, simple carbohydrates, B12 and D can actually help you combat the symptoms of SAD. So, next time you feel low, indulge in your favorite pasta dish to help you feel better. Ensuring you eat meals regularly throughout the day can also help boost your mood and energy levels, so it is important to feed your body, even when you do not have much of an appetite.
Exercising regularly has also been shown to help mental health and fight off some symptoms of SAD. Taking an hour long walk or a yoga or tai chi class are simple ways to get some exercise in while increasing your happiness and decreasing feelings of anxiety.
3. Light therapy
During the winter months, most people do not get enough sunlight. A light box is designed to simulate the sun and help to release serotonin in your brain, which is the chemical that helps to regulate mood, well-being, and sleep. Using a light box for at least two hours a day can increase your happiness levels and help you get a better night's sleep.
4. Good thinking
Did you know that simply thinking more positively can boost your mood? We aren't always aware of how negative our thoughts may be, which can make a situation worse. Being more conscious of your thoughts and actively challenging your mind to think positively can help reduce stress while increasing your happiness.
Sometimes trying to help yourself may not be enough, and that's okay. It can be beneficial to seek help from a professional, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start. They can guide you through the process of recognizing triggers and work with you to create a plan of action that best suits you.
About Carmel Terrace
Carmel Terrace in Framingham, MA, is committed to promoting a lifestyle of independence while providing support to you or a loved one. Our services include independent living, assisted living, and respite care, and our community offers a daily calendar of activities and first-class dining.
Contact us today to learn more about what our community has to offer! Call 508-286-7924 or visit: www.carmelterrace.org/contact-us.