Summer is full of light, fun, and the outdoors. Winter, in contrast, is when more people spend time inside, it gets darker earlier, and it is a quieter season. For some, this seasonal switch also leads to increased depression. This disorder is called seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression.
Our team at North Georgia Recovery Center is here to give tips for how to manage seasonal depression in healthy ways and to remind you that if you experience this slump in the winter– you’re not alone.
One of the biggest adjustments during the winter months is getting used to fewer daylight hours. A dark environment can lead to darker thoughts and feelings. To counteract this, try light therapy. Light therapy involves using an artificial light source to brighten your space, simulating greater sunlight. This can significantly boost your mood and make a big difference for your mental health.
Getting your thoughts and feelings down on paper is one of the best ways to analyze and control them. When you write your thoughts, you gain better insight on what is bothering you, why, and you can begin letting those intrusive thoughts go.
One of the best ways to beat seasonal depression blues is to spend time with loved ones. When you are spending time with others, your brain doesn’t have time to go to a dark place. You can be engaged in happy conversation, rather than isolated and alone with your sad thoughts.
Seek Professional Help
If your seasonal depression impacts you severely or threatens your recovery from addiction, seek professional treatment. Therapy or counseling is a great place to start.
At North Georgia Recovery Center, our addiction patients have access to a variety of therapy programs with holistic healing goals.
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The winter season can be hard on everyone, especially those who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction. Know that our team at North Georgia Recovery Center is here to support you on your journey to sobriety. If you feel ready to take that first step, we’ll take it with you. Reach out today to learn more about our center: call (678) 940-7873 or click here.