Seasonal Mood Management Tips

Winter can be a challenging time for many, whether you’re facing the winter doldrums or you live with Major Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern (formerly known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD), which is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression in late fall and winter, alternating with periods of normal mood the rest of the year. Find out more here.

The shorter days and reduced sunlight during winter can impact us all and can be especially tough for those living with mental health conditions.

Practices that can help, from the National Institute of Mental Health and SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), include:

  • Movement and mindful activities
  • Seeing a therapist
  • Using a lightbox for light therapy
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Taking Vitamin D supplements
  • Curbing the use of alcohol
  • Staying socially connected to loved ones

Do you have practices that help when your mood is impacted by the winter season? What helps you? Answer our Community Voices question here to share your tips with others.

Note: medical attention is often necessary for those facing depression, including Major Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern. If you are struggling, please know you are not alone. There is help and hope if you need it. Call 988 for the confidential mental health and suicide prevention line and find more resources here.