Monday, January 6, 2014


21 Tips For Surviving Seasonal Depression

Do you suffer from seasonal depression?

I do. And if you're anything like me, most winter days are a struggle to get through.

Fear not though- I made a list of pick-me-ups to help you survive those winter blues. It will all be okay, I promise!

#1 - Understand that these feelings will pass.

This is the most important thing to acknowledge while in the midst of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). You need to make a point to recognize that these feelings are only temporary, and can be overcome. Your depression does not define who you are.

#2 - Slip on your favorite pair of high heels.

Mind your posture! The act of standing up straight sends positive subliminal messages to your brain- having good posture helps you feel better. (The same goes for a toothy grin- smile more!)

And posture aside, wearing a great pair of shoes helps you feel good!

#3 - Pamper yourself.

If you can't afford to go to the spa, pamper yourself at home. Light some candles, take a hot bath, and turn on some calming background music.

#4 - Wear something you love!

It takes just as long to put on a hot pair of skinny jeans as it does comfy sweatpants. Do yourself a favor and wear something that makes you feel good about yourself, even if it's just your favorite pair of socks.

#5 - Have a dance party - with yourself!

Turn on your favorite tunes and dance around the house in your underwear. We all need some personal time to let loose!

#6 - Watch a funny movie.

Make some popcorn and watch a movie that makes you laugh (or watch It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia!)

#7 - Collect perfume samples! 

Go to your favorite department store, collect perfume samples (they're free!), and indulge. Aromatherapy is no joke- the power of smell is incredible. So take a little time to play around with some new scents and lighten your mood!

#8 - Drink tea.

Take a little time out of the day for tea. The antioxidants are good for you, plus it has a calming effect (unless you're sensitive to caffeine, in which you'll want decaf).

#9 - Consider a detox.

Sometimes a detox diet is what you need, especially if you eat out often and use a lot of chemicals on your body (check the ingredients in your lotions, soaps, etc). Always do your research beforehand to ensure health and safety, and it is recommended to talk with your physician as well.

#10 - Get a tattoo.

Great stress reliever. But don't tell your parents it was my idea!

#11 - Meditate.

Meditation, whether you're depressed or not, is something you should do anyway. Learning to control your mind (specifically your thoughts) is an important part of life, and growing.

#12 - Go on a lunch date.

Whether it's an actual date or a get-together with a friend, make a point to spend time with others.

#13 - Cuddle with a pet.

Don't have a furry friend at home? Pet sit and snuggle with someone else's dog, cat, etc, or volunteer at a shelter (they could use the help!).

#14 - Paint your nails.

Get creative and turn your nails into a masterpiece!

#15 - Listen to music.

Play your favorite (or something new) tunes and escape reality for a little while.

#16 - Put on a sparkly tiara and be a princess for a day!

It's okay to have fun!

#17 - Get a full night's rest.

Sleep is super important. In order to feel well, you need to rest well. (But don't overdo it!) 8-9 hours a night is perfect.

#18 - Marijuana (where applicable)

It is illegal in most places, but where allowed, why not? (I will not encourage use where illegal, and carcinogens are bad, mmkay..) But it does have a lot of positive effects and helps you feel better, plus it is impossible to overdose on marijuana, so please do your research if you only know what others tell you.

#19 - Get a massage.

Whether it be from a certified professional, a partner, or a friend, a massage always feels amazing.

#20 - Eat healthier.

What you put into your body directly affects how you feel. Do yourself a favor and eat healthy.

#21 - Talk to someone.

Talk it out! Have a heart-to-heart with a friend or family member. If you're not comfortable with that, find a therapist. There is no shame in doing so.

What do you do when you're feeling down?

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