Depression affects different people in different degrees. Not all forms of depression are severe, debilitating forms of depression. Many people suffer with lighter, less severe degrees of depression that are more like the “blues,” rather than a full-blown case of depression.
There are many factors that can contribute to the blues with the weather being one. Winter months are notorious for bringing on states of depression and the blues, for many people. As the cold and dreary winter months drag on and on, some people find they start feeling more depressed, less motivated, and anxious. This can be due to the lack of activity, lack of sunshine, warmth, and being trapped indoors for days – even weeks on end.
While some cases of depression may warrant medications prescribed by a physician, many times, you can fight the “blues” with less intrusive methods. You can change your frame of mind and mind-set, to ward-off the blues so that you can get back to a healthier, happier mind-set.
Tips that can help you stay in a positive frame of mind and beat the blues:
- Exercise – Getting regular exercise is important. Even if you cannot get outside for your normal outdoor activities, find some sort of exercise you can do indoors that you enjoy. Maybe if a jog outside is out of the question; try joining a gym and utilize their facilties; jog on their track, play a game of basketball, racquetball, or go for a swim in their indoor pool. You can also use the gym workout machines for strength building.
- Pick up a new hobby or foster one you already have – Find a good hobby you can get involved with that takes up some of your spare time. Whether you like to read, sew, cook, make crafts, or write; start working on your hobby and utilize the winter months to really get it going.
- Volunteer – Volunteering your time can be a very rewarding activity. Get involved with an organization that gives you a sense of accomplishment to be involved with. Focusing on those less fortunate, can help you feel more fortunate, and can be a rewarding way to spend your indoor time. It can help you put your own problems aside when you have something, and someone else to focus on.
- Find a second job – If you have a lot of spare time and will be spending a great deal of time indoors, find a second, or part-time job you can do to earn a little extra cash. The winter months are a good time to do extra work, and either put money aside, or get caught up on bills. It can be very rewarding to get ahead, or get caught up financially. The winter months are the perfect time to do this, before you want to get out and play, and working becomes something you don’t think about as much.
- Vitamins – Make sure to take plenty of vitamins to keep healthy during the winter months. Be sure to get plenty of Vitamin-C and B vitamins are good for your mental wellbeing. If you keep healthy, you tend to not get as depressed as well. When you are sick, your state-of-mind and mental health can take a real beating.
The blues can be something you overcome. Try not to focus on the fact that you feel down or “blue.” Think about, and try to focus on other things. Engage yourself with people and activities. If you still feel that you can’t shake the blues, don’t hesitate to see your physician. It may be a much deeper problem than just a case of the “winter blues.”