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10 Seasonal Affective Disorder Self Care Tips

Seasonal Affective Disorder Self Care

Self-care is important, no matter the season. However, the cold weather and shorter days can make a negative impact on your mood, making a little pampering all the more necessary.

Some people are more affected by the seasonal changes and develop a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you have SAD, or symptoms of depression, it’s important that you talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

In the meantime, check out these 10 self-care tips that can be done by anyone looking to boost their mood.

1. Go Outside at Least Once

The cold weather may make it less inviting to go for a walk, but getting outside at least once a day can make a big difference in your mood.

2. Try Some Indoor Exercise

Almost all doctors agree—regular exercise can improve your mood and cut down on anxiety. You might try following an aerobics video, dancing, or simply doing some stretches.

3. Bake a Sweet Treat

Taking the time to recreate a treat you love is a great way to pass the time and reward yourself with something warm and delicious.

4. Dive Back into Reading

Nothing passes the time like a good book. Curling up under some warm blankets and diving into a fictional story is a great way to shift your mood and take your mind off of the stressful things at hand.

5. Pick up a New Indoor Hobby

Knitting, writing, painting—whatever it is that you’ve always wanted to try, now’s your chance! Not only are hobbies fun, but they also give you a sense of accomplishment.

6. Call a Friend

When’s the last time you picked up the phone and called a friend? Although texting is more common these days, a short phone call to a loved one can easily boost your mood and remind you of the things you love in life.

7. Sit by the Window

This tip may seem too good to be true, but it’s not! Sometimes a little sunlight is all you need to restore a positive outlook on life.

8. Try a Winter Recipe

If you have extra time on your hands, why not try cooking something warm and hearty? Soups, chilis, paninis, and casseroles are all great winter recipe options.

9. Pamper Yourself

Self-care would not be self-care without a little pampering! Put on a face mask, paint your nails, or simply soak in a warm bath to help rejuvenate both your body and mind.

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