Our Tips for Responding to the Winter Blues

a girl in a low lit room next to a window, looking particularly melancholy
While it’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year because of the holidays, it isn’t uncommon to experience a strong case of the winter blues in December. Whether it’s the holidays themselves that are making you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, or whether you have a diagnosable seasonal affective disorder (SAD), there is a whole slew of legitimate reasons you might be feeling the way you are. This December, The Mansions McKinney Blog is sharing with our apartment community our favorite ways to address and treat seasonal depression.

If you have the winter blues, check out the following articles from which we pulled a few ideas: SAD, Scientific Ways to Defeat the Winter Blues, and Holiday Depression.

Think About Your Expectations for the Holidays

Before the holidays begin, set aside a moment or two to acknowledge what you want to get out of them and to what extent you want to celebrate them. If you enjoy all of the delicious food and plentiful alcohol that is around during this season, find ways to enjoy them without overconsuming.

Expose Yourself to Light

Your personal exposure to light will positively affect brain chemicals that directly contribute to a better mood. Since there is naturally less light during the winter months, make sure to seek out conscious ways to be exposed to it. The best form of light is obviously anything natural, so consider either spending some time outside by going a walk each week or trimming the trees closest to your windows that might be blocking out any light. If you can’t be in the natural light, don’t worry too much. Even sitting next to an artificial light for some time each day will help improve your mood.

Maintain Your Mind and Body

Even though you should be doing this all throughout the year, make an extra special effort to take care of your physical and mental health this time of year. Rather than waiting until New Years to reset your exercise goals, take a minute to reevaluate old ones now, and make it a point to try and participate in some form of physical activity a few times a week. If you need a new way to engage your mind, try doing some yoga or meditation.

What do you do to combat a crippling case of the winter blues? Let our McKinney, TX apartment community know in the comments below. Thanks for reading our post, and have a happy and healthy winter!