HOW TO COPE WITH WINTER DEPRESSION?
Days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping and the sun is shining less often: autumn and winter can make us feel depressed and tired. This feeling is often called a winter depression, a disturbance of the natural day-night rhythm of the body. The cause of a winter depression is mainly the lack of natural daylight. The coronavirus, lockdown and measures that are currently in place, do not make it easy for our mental health. Are you experiencing feelings of depression or fatigue related to the start of the winter? Read our advice below to help you feel better again!
WINTER DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS
- Feeling sad, moody, cranky or anxious.
- Sleeping more, but still feeling very tired.
- Concentration problems.
- Losing interest in your usual activities.
- Increased craving for carbs, for example bread and pasta.
- Weight gain.
FOLLOW OUR ADVICE AND BEAT YOUR WINTER DEPRESSION
1. Get out
One of the main causes of a winter depression is a lack of natural daylight. Is the sun shining? Go outside, even if it's only for a moment. Sunlight will help your body to produce vitamin D and serotonin (the happiness hormone). Spending some time in the sun will give you an instant boost. Is the sun not shining? Go outside anyway! Natural daylight affects the amount of melatonin (sleep hormone) in your body, which will help you sleep better at night.
Choose a sport you like and get moving! Go for a run or try cycling, swimming, gardening, boxing, walking, etc. Any kind of exercise is good, as it will improve the endorphins system. You get bonus points if you exercise outside, as this gives an extra boost to your brain and body. It doesn't work for everyone, but several studies have shown that getting enough exercise can help when you're feeling down.
3. Give yourself some rest when you need it
Exercise is important, but don't forget to relax when you feel like you need it. Make sure you have enough time to yourself and do something that you really enjoy and helps you to relax. It is important to clear your mind doing something you enjoy. Whether this is through sports, watching Netflix, knitting, meditating, sleeping in, reading a book, listening to music or taking a long bath. Do something that will help you relax every single day.
4. Take a dietary supplement
On today's market, there are many supplements available that help to support and improve a good mood or state of mind. Depending on your situation, certain dietary supplements may help you reduce your stress level, calm your nerves and contribute to a better state of mind. Commonly used ingredients in these supplements are St. john's wort, saffron, l-tyrosine and many vitamins. Some well-known products that you can buy at Optiphar include: A. Vogel Hyperiforce Forte, Nutrisan Safframed, Natural Energy L-Tyrosince et Trenker Kwalitis.
Dietary supplements to help beat a depression:
Dietary supplement to reduce stress and improve the sleep quality:
5. Aromatherapy for a better quality of life
At Optiphar, you can find a wide range of aromatherapy products, including oils to help you relax in case of stress and sleeping problems. In our offer, you can find sleep sprays that improve the quality of your sleep, have a calming effect and prevent negative thoughts or waking up at night.