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Seasonal Depression

The holiday season is in full effect.

Christmas is 14 days away.


I’m proud of myself.

This year I caught some good Black Friday deals allowing me to cross off most of the people on my Christmas list. I usually wait until the last minute, but this year I’m ahead of the game.


I love this time of year.

The temperature is starting to drop. Sappy people like me would call this cuddle weather The leaves are falling off the trees. Hoodie weather is among us. Sunday Night Football is in full effect. Snow has already fallen in some parts of the world.


What season tops fall?


While I enjoy fall and winter, this time of year is tough for others.

This time of the year may be especially difficult for those who have lost loved ones due to COVID.

Daylight Savings

A lot of changes happen during the cold winter months including daylight savings.


Daylight Savings ended on Sunday, November 1st at 2 am.


Like most people, I turned my clock back one hour. Essentially we gained one hour. Although it gave us an extra hour to sleep, we also lost a lot of daylight. The sun will now rise and set later.


By 6:00 pm in most cities, it’s dark.


Fact:

Because of the year, 2020 has been two U.S senators from Florida, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott proposed that we “lock the clock”. The bill they proposed would have stopped daylight savings this year, giving us more sunshine and daylight.


After being under quarantine for months, this would have been an extension of summer.


Clearly, the bill wasn’t successful because here we are today.


Seasonal Depression

Daylight savings, the change in temperature, and everything else associated with fall and winter causes some people to experience seasonal depression.


While winter officially begins on December 21st, some have already been experiencing seasonal depression.


Most people typically experience seasonal depression during the fall and winter months due to the change in the seasons and loss of daylight.


Seasonal Depression Symptoms include:

  • Feeling depressed

  • Having low energy

  • Insomnia

  • Difficulties with concentrating

  • Tiredness

  • Loss of Appetite

**Always consult your doctor or a medical professional if you feel it necessary**

These are a couple of helpful tools I use to help me get through the cold weather months.

Just like with everything else make a plan to get you through the fall-winter.


Candles

Candies can be used year-round but for me I use them especially during the fall and winter months. With the sun setting sooner, candles are the perfect source of light and serenity.


Not only are candles used for their scents, but specific candles are known for easing anxiety, negative emotions, and are good for mediation and relaxation purposes.


Tea

There is a common misconception that tea is only necessary when someone is sick or under the weather.


FALSE.


There are hundreds of different kinds of tea that serve different purposes. There are several benefits to drinking tea, both medically and mentally.


Facial

It has been found that cold weather draws moisture away from the skin, causing dryness of the skin. Eczema a common skin condition is also known to flare up during the cold weather months.


Although facials are useful year around, they are especially important during this time of year. A facial is a skin treatment designed to take care of your skin.


You can get a facial done by a licensed esthetician or you can DIY. Research the right face mask for your skin and make it a fun self-care activity.


When you look good you feel good.

If you are experiencing seasonal depression or just a change in your mood, try switching up your routine. Add some activities that you enjoy into your schedule.


Set aside some “me” time.


Practice self-care.


Remember to check on your friends and loved ones.