Mental Wellness

5 Ways to Fight Seasonal Depression

When I learned about my sensitivity to light, my fall to winter seasons for depression made more sense. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and the shorter days send me into a slump. That was my experience, even beginning in high school; my depression begins in November and is the worst in March after months with little sun.

Compensating for the Lack of Sun

  1. Take a larger dose of vitamin D3. I take 5000 IU.
  2. Use a full spectrum light box for 15 minutes each morning.
  3. Bundle up and go outside for winter sun. Spending time outdoors in the sunshine gives our bodies vitamin D.
  4. Continue to exercise daily. Cardiovascular workouts can give us natural endorphins and improve our mood.
  5. Limit your sugar and alcohol intake. Candida in the intestines can crave sugar, and makes us feel depressed. Alcohol is also essentially a sugar.

Talk to your doctor or psychiatrist to see what they recommend and to talk about the possibility of adjusting your medication, if needed. Since I began to take the high dose of vitamin D3, I have noticed my seasonal depression is not as severe. We have a a light box that we use at breakfast. As for points 3 and 4, snow shoveling is my main outdoor activity in winter, good exercise! I also go for walks. My diet is low in sugar and carbohydrates as my naturopath recommends. That helps me stay on an even keel. Although I’ve had progress in fighting seasonal depression, I still wouldn’t say no if I were invited to spend a week on a sunny island in March!

What are your defenses against depression?

It’s Manic Monday and that’s good news! Thanks for reading! –Rebecca

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Fall Leaf  Photo: Rebecca Cuningham