Working Through Seasonal Depression & Anxiety
There’s something about the winter months that can really take a toll on the body, mind, and spirit. And the general consensus is that a lot of us experience some form of depression and/or anxiety during this time of the year.
One important thing to remember, first and foremost, is that you are not alone. Between holiday stress, shifting circadian rhythms, and extended cold and dark periods, this is something we all deal with in some way.
On a chemical level, the change in the length of our days and the season itself can shift our body’s levels of melatonin and serotonin – which both play a role in our overall mood. We also aren’t getting as much exercise, so our bodies can easily become tight and constricted. This can lead to feelings of depression and stagnancy.
The good news is there are some great tools we can use to help soothe our spirits and work through seasonal depression and anxiety in a healthy and nourishing way.
During the winter months, it’s important to pay extra attention to self-care. Healthy foods, warm baths, time to decompress, and time spent reflecting all are incredible ways to move through this season with a little bit more ease.
Another self-care practice that is beneficial during the winter is exercise! Move your body – even for just 15 minutes a day. Remember to get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of water, and spend plenty of time doing the things that you love to do.
We naturally tend to hibernate this time of year, so it’s easy to feel a bit stuck or sluggish. Self-care practices are a gentle reminder to the body and mind that these feelings will pass and that sunnier days are on the horizon.
Massage & Reiki
Another brilliant tool we can use to help combat a seasonal funk is massage therapy. When stress feels like it’s at an all-time high, massage brings us back, relaxes us, and helps us to find peace, warmth, and a sense of balance. We all deserve some time to be cared for and just be, especially during the winter.
In addition to massage therapy, Reiki energy healing can give you a fresh perspective– energetically and physically. It helps diffuse anxious feelings, brings a sense of vibrancy back into your life, and helps you find your footing again. To learn more about Reiki, check out our recent blog post here.
Lean on Your Support System
When we’re feeling a bit down and anxious, it’s important to lean on the people we love. Call a friend, talk to your family, and let your support system be there for you.
Sometimes just having an honest conversation about how we’re feeling can be healing in itself. We all go through tough times, and at the end of the day, that’s what your friends and family are for.
Seasonal depression and anxiety is a very real thing for many of us. As you navigate this time of year, remember to use the tools you have to work through your feelings in a healthy way – acknowledging them and showing them love.
All our love,