With Covid-19 and the weather getting colder and grayer it is easy to find yourself feeling a little more down than usual. So let's talk about it...
DISCLAIMER: This article discusses simply feeling down during the winter time NOT seasonal depression. Seasonal depression is a serious issue that should be discussed with a professional.
The sun isn't out as long, everyone is in relationships, and on top of all of that we have been stuck in our houses for most of the year, all of these things together make up a perfect storm for feeling a little more down than usual or even depressed. As someone who has struggled on and off with depression most of my life I'll be honest and say that staying happy has definitely taken more effort as this year comes to a close.
It's tempting to ask yourself "Why am I so down in the dumps during the 'most wonderful time of the year'?"
So let's find out...
There are a few reasons as to why you may feel down during the winter time, one of them being the lack of vitamin D we receive because of the sun going down so early. Vitamin D is commonly known as the "sunshine vitamin" because our bodies produce vitamin D in response to sunlight. There have been many studies that show a correlation between how much Vitamin D someone receives and the how happy they feel. Sooo lack of Vitamin D equals feelin' sad. :(
But let's discuss a few more things that could play a roll on your mood especially around the holidays. Many people struggle with missing loved ones they have lost a little more than other times of the year.
For single people "cuffing season" may not spark a lot of joy, especially after binge watching Hallmark 12 movies that all end with 2 people falling in love and getting married even though they didn't know each other a month ago. (I'm not judging, give me a romcom and a gingerbread latte and I am GOOD TO GO)
Last but certainly not least, quarantine. Need I say more?
So what do we do about it?
We've discussed WHY we might feel sad during the winter so you may be asking "Okayyy... but what do I do about it?". Well I'm glad you asked. :)
Fighting off negative feelings can be hard to navigate so here are just a few tips to get you started:
1. Try to get outside when you can.
I know it's cold but if you can bundle up and try to get just a little bit of sunshine, even if its just for a quick walk.
2. Get off the 'gram!
Unless you are looking at OneLife's Instagram of course. ;) But in all seriousness stalking your crushes insta isn't exactly going to help you get over the loneliness you may be experiencing.
3. FIND SOMEONE TO TALK TO!!!
Your mom, a friend, OneLife, your dog. PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE. You have more people on your team than you think.
If you feel like you might be experiencing something deeper than winter blues, such as seasonal depression, there is no shame in reaching out to an adult who may be able to get you some professional advice.
We hope y'all have a Merry Christmas and remember: 2020 is almost over!!
P.S. We really, REALLY love you.