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When the daylight hours diminish, some Alaskans get the winter blues, or also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Here are some natural ways that may help your depression now!
Note: I am NOT a medical professional. Please seek the advice of a doctor for help on depression.
Depression comes in many forms, here are a few-
- Feeling BLAH and can’t shake it
- Lack of interest in activities or hobbies you used to love
- Feeling sad or unhappy
- Anxiety or restlessness
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of suicide or death (Do not hesitate to call your local suicide hotline if you, or someone you love, needs help. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or the deaf hotline at 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889).)
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve suffered from depression in the past, but I’ve learned a few tips that have helped me immensely as I beat depression. Here is what has helped me within days-
- Meeting friends on a regular basis– I must get out of the house on a regular basis since I work from home. If I’ve gone for more than a week without meeting friends for coffee or late night karaoke, I will want to stay in bed all day and sleep. Being social has helped me immensely!
- Exercise– I naturally feel happier when I get some exercise! Whether it is on a cardio machine, or walking the trails in my favorite park.
- Vitamin D3– I can really feel a difference when I don’t take my Vitamin D3 a couple days in a row during the winter months.
- Vitamin B– I take Vitamin B with vitamin C daily. It gives me a boost of energy too!
- Probiotic– I totally believe your gut health is important, and I’ve read your gut can help with serotonin. I love taking my probiotic for many reasons.
Those are the five things I focus on to keep my mild depression away. I’ve never been happier in my life, and I fully believe it is in part because I have fun with family and friends and I take my daily vitamins and probiotic! Please seek advice from a doctor or a suicide hotline if you cannot shake the blues or are suicidal.