Holidaze: How to Cure Your ‘Seasonal Sadness’


Lili Olson, Scoop Writer

For many, winter is a season for holiday celebrations and spending time with loved ones. But for others, the dark and freezing time is detrimental to their mental health. Thankfully, there are scientifically proven ways to help! Though they’re not a cure-all, they still will greatly improve your current snow-induced slump.


The first solution is working out. Dr. Bea from the Cleveland Clinic says “Moving your body will compete with that tendency to be sluggish and can produce good brain chemistry,”. Science has proven over and over again that exercise is extremely beneficial, not only for your body, but also for your mind. There are additional benefits to physical activity that include better sleep and improved self-confidence, which also could help combat your negative headspace.


Secondly, prioritize social interaction. Spending time with your friends and family can vastly shift your mindset. Social isolation and depression go hand in hand, as loneliness is often a pipeline to worsening your mental state. The Lancet wrote an article stating that “periods of isolation can have a long-term psychological impact on people, including symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” So spend time with others to help subside the effects of cold winter days. 


Finally, stock up on the sunshine. Spending time in the sun (whether artificial or natural) is an easy fix to trick your brain into thinking you’re enjoying the summertime. This can include just spending a few intentional moments by a window each day, or investing in a light therapy box. Light therapy has been approved by the Mayo Clinic and can greatly alleviate your symptoms, if you spend as few as 20-30 minutes using it. 


In conclusion, your gloominess can be tamed through these scientific measures. But keep in mind that you should always consult your doctor if you do become concerned about your current mental state. Nevertheless, feel free to try these academically-backed techniques to solve your winter blues. 


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