How to deal with winter depression

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Welcome to the official Studio Palmen blog.

We, at Studio Palmen, believe mental health is very important to look after. Especially in times like this..It's something no one should feel ashamed for to be open about, it's completely normal not be normal.

Today we’ll be discussing ways to get around the ‘winter depression’ most people, especially with weather like this, seem to undergo.

It’s quite a common thing, just not everyone talks about it easily. 

That’s why we dedicated a blog to this subject, it might give you some tools to better the situation when you’re struggling. 


We all know the word ‘sad’ but what you might didn’t know is that is that SAD is also an abbreviation for ‘seasonal affective disorder’ 


Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.

SAD is sometimes known as "winter depression" because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • a persistent low mood
  • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • Irritability (more highly-sensitive than normal)
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • lacking in energy and sleepy during the day
  • sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • craving carbohydrates (for example bread and pasta) and gaining weight

If these symptoms fit your unexplainable moodiness, you’re not a special case. Only in Holland there are thousands who go through the same. So no, you’re not alone in this.

 

Let’s get to the solutions, how can you fight this and feel better of yourself and the current situation without dwelling on the question ‘when will this be over’

Firstly, be aware of how you really feel. 

Are you feeling okay? 

SAD can feel like a big cloud hanging over your head, and you could also view it that way..As a big cloud that surpasses, all you have to do is acknowledge it, knowing it’s there so you know where your moodiness comes from.

Sometimes we think it has something to do with us. That we might just not do enough or that we’re not good enough. 

First thing you should know and keep in your side pocket as a little reminder: you don’t always have to make yourself accountable for negative emotions, sometimes they just appear. 

Aiming for constantly being positive is kind of the same thing as chasing the idea of perfection, being able to actually deal with feelings, deal with difficult situations, deal with life as a complex human being that’s where you should be aiming for!

A realistic goal that will change the way you view things and even possibly change your life for good.

Rather than diving into a spiral of worries when negative emotions appear, it might be a good idea to get active! Distract your mind for a little bit.

Look for things that bring you joy and inspiration, start new hobbies, try out new things. Maybe you could hit the gym, challenge yourself, surprise yourself, aim for a specific goal and see yourself getting there, where energy goes, growth will appear.

I started drawing and writing whenever I felt a certain sadness slowly coming over me, that really gave me an energy boost and lots of inspiration for future projects. and even future plans career wise.

You could read over your favourite books to find out why you loved it so much, start new series or get yourself in the Christmas spirit already, wiggle yourself deep into the couch, crawled into a big blanket to watch a good old Christmas movie that just can never do wrong.

Instead of giving in to your craving for sugars and junkfood you would do yourself a big favour to cook nutrient-rich meals, maybe just improvise a little, enjoy the process of cooking or invite some friends over and tell them to bring a bottle of wine (or hot chocolate milk) 

Even though this weather isn’t very inviting make sure to get some fresh air everyday, go to a nearby park, your favourite coffee place or get yourself some cosy socks you can wear during these cold days.

Treat yourself with kindness and talk to yourself in a loving way, you can never remind yourself of your worth enough. 

There's nothing wrong with being a little self obsessed. <'3

I even wrote thought full affirmations on my mirror, so I would never forget how important it is to see the good in yourself. When you do, others will do too.

What could also work as a great SAD defense system is to sort out your stuff, your clothes for example, make space in your closet as it will naturally make space in your head.

Maybe change something about your room, add some posters on the wall, move some furniture leaving the room looking differently and renewed.

Make a wish list of things that would spice up your room.

Make it one of your favorite places to go home too. It’s so important to feel at home in your room, make sure it’s a place that brings you peace and feelings of safety. As this is where you recharge from daily life.

If you really feel like it’s going downhill and you lost all control on the situation, it might be good to talk to someone.

Maybe a friend will do or you ask help from a professional and go see a therapist, psychologist or a energetic worker (spiritual healer)

I see therapy as gymtime, only I shape my mind and emotional well-being and not my physical body.

Getting the right tools to understand yourself, the way others have influenced you during your lifetime or the way your past has made you who you are today is a beautiful thing! Developing this type of self-awareness is basically a super power and will make you grow closer and closer to your true self. 

I hope this blog could mean something to you and that you enjoyed reading.

Share it with anyone it could be useful too! So this blog serves it's purpose :)

Wish you a beautiful morning / afternoon / night while you’re reading this

With love,

Team Studio Palmen

 

written by: Sterre Marith 



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