8 Ways to Bounce Back From Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Kathleen-Mae Ramas
Feb 22, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. ET

As the leaves start falling with the icy winter wind, sometimes we find that we can fall off the track. Losing your motivation is something that can really take a toll on creative beauties, and it can be discouraging to lose your drive or inspiration when there are places to go and people to see.

At times, when you’re stuck in this seasonal rut of “I can’t” or “I won’t,” it can seem like there’s no way out. But we’re here to tell you that there is always a way to reignite that lovely spark that sets your passions ablaze. Don’t worry — it isn’t just you, and you’re not alone in this struggle. Check out these tips to help fight back against seasonal affective disorder and to help you move toward a happier winter.

1 /8: Stay active

1/8 :Stay active

Get moving and do your best to keep your body engaged, whether that's with exercise, yoga or even just by taking a casual stroll outside.

2 /8: Talk it out

2/8 :Talk it out

Sometimes just talking out your feelings with friends and family can help lift the burden and relieve some of that pressure you've been feeling.

3 /8: Eat right

3/8 :Eat right

Eating certain foods has been proven to help boost your mood, especially during the SAD winter months. Complex carbs help increase serotonin — which is what helps you regulate your mood — and foods high in vitamin D (like salmon, tuna and eggs) have been linked to helping ease symptoms of SAD.

4 /8: Soothe your senses

4/8 :Soothe your senses

Sometimes, using things to help alter your environment to soothe your senses can really help calm your mood and make you feel tranquil. Aromatherapy and essential oils are great options to try out.

5 /8: Soothe your senses

5/8 :Soothe your senses

You've definitely heard this time and again, but it never hurts to throw it back into the mix. Trying some technology like light therapy boxes or dawn simulators, which both help to replicate natural sunlight, can help kick your body back into the swing of things and boost your decreased mood brought on by the cold shade during the winter. For an added bonus, try combining one of these elements with meditation for extra Zen.

6 /8: Take a vacation

6/8 :Take a vacation

Sometimes, a stagnant environment can dampen any progress, so a change of scenery is always a welcomed adjustment. Going somewhere new and fun can help boost your creativity and provide you with new and exciting opportunities.

7 /8: Stay on track

7/8 :Stay on track

Maintaining a regular schedule will help create some initiative, adding boxes for you to check off throughout the day. Keeping a running schedule can help with eating and sleeping habits, and sleeping earlier will help improve symptoms of SAD. Sometimes, keeping a journal can also help, as can talking it out with friends and family. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you express and release how you feel in a creative way.

8 /8: Visit your doctor

8/8 :Visit your doctor

When in doubt, never be afraid of paying your doctor a visit. Sometimes, meeting up can help rule out other possibilities for your symptoms, and if changes in diet or habits don't work, sometimes antidepressants can also be a huge help.