As my Vitamin D levels plummet so does my mental health.
It’s so strange my seasonal depression kicks in every year around this time but I never see it coming. It starts with insomnia, leads to impulsive shopping and ends with an overwhelming sense of emptiness. But this year is different because I am owning my depression and following systems that I have used in the past to stop me from falling down the never ending black hole. I’m not a doctor, but I can offer you a few tips that have helped me. Keep reading if you want to know how I am coping with my seasonal depression.
Tip 1: Take Time to be Present
Find something you can look forward to at the end of each day! I like most of the world am addicted to Netflix. October is full of suspenseful horror flicks, which I love but this kind of entertainment can effect your mental health more than you would think. In November, I try to focus on uplifting content to counteract all of the horror films I watched the month before. Balance is crucial. Rather than finding shows I can binge, I like to watch nostalgic movies that put me in a great mood.
Tip 2: Affirmations
Affirmations are a super important part of my day. Each day as I have my morning coffee I reach for a card from my I Am Everything deck. I also love listening to affirmations on Spotify and YouTube. Affirmations really put life into perspective and fuel me with positivity when I feel a negative spiral coming on.
Tip 4: Express Gratitude
It may sound cheesy but we all have a lot to be thankful for. If I am feeling overwhelmed I like to list off everything I may be taking for granted. I often find myself getting stuck in a negative thought pattern. My therapist suggested I interrupt my anxiety with gratitude. This quote is submitted in my brain. I try to make writing down what I am grateful for a daily habit otherwise when I begin to spiral I may forget how simple it could be to bring my self back to balance.