Outdoor walks or “nature-sessions” can be extremely useful. While it is important to note it is significantly harder to have the motivation to leave the house during this state, it is proven that even a short, ten minute stroll around your block can lift mood and help soothe the body and mind. So take a walk! Get some sun on your skin, and some fresh air in your lungs.
If getting out of bed is too difficult at times, that’s perfectly fine! Meditation or simple yoga in bed is another great way to calm the body and rejuvenate your senses. It won’t immediately flip a switch on your mood, but it can wake you up a bit and possibly give you the energy to get some nourishment and keep moving.
Many of us are physically separated from our social support network by weather in addition to COVID. For us, the additional decrease in social interaction can be a contributing factor towards depressive symptoms. Look for opportunities to engage with others, like doing a zoom movie watch-along. Find ways to maintain social contacts.
Easing Seasonal Depression
The Winter season is a difficult one for many, with seasonal depression and flus/colds spiking throughout the end of the calendar year. However, some small acts at the start of your day can help boost your motivation and energy and improve your outlook on your surroundings. But remember, if you’re feeling unsafe or unwell, don’t disregard these emotions. If social support from a loved one doesn’t help, be proactive in finding medial help to help you with easing seasonal depression.