Tips for Coping with the Winter Blues
Less sunlight and cooler winter temperatures can put us in hibernation mode. For some, this means less physical activity, fewer interactions with family and friends, and low motivation to get out and about. These seasonal changes not only have a big impact on our daily activities, but they can affect our mental health and mood too.
Winter can be a difficult time, particularly because bad weather and short days interfere with exercise and socializing, which are two of our most effective mechanisms for coping with depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the medical term for a type of depression related to seasonal changes. Fortunately, awareness and resources for people coping with SAD are becoming more and more abundant.
For more information about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of SAD, pop on over to this blog post by Alive Magazine.
Herbs can be a great accompaniment to your mood-supporting tool kit. Want to learn what herbs to add to your wellness collection, and how to use them? Be sure to sign up for our Wellness Class; Herb Support for the Seasonally Affected.
This class runs on Saturday, January 18th at 10 am. For more information click here.
Mood supporting supplements are beneficial year-round, but they are especially important during the winter. Our top 5 picks for “fighting the winter blues” include:
- Vitamin D
- Omega 3’s
- Vitamin B
More mood supporting supplements can be found in the Wellness section of our January Specials Flyer. See below for the Wellness section or here to view the entire flyer.
Here are more resources about depression and how to find help:
- Learn more about depression from the Canadian Mental Health Association
- Access health services in Nelson or Castlegar
- Find a registered psychologist