The clock has changed! That means it’s getting dark out the same time the early bird special is being offered. It’s easy to start to feel depressed that you and the sun aren’t seeing each other so much and that you’re trapped under so many different winter layers.
Signs of Winter Blues
Signs that you may be experiencing the winter blues include a change in sleep patterns and appetite.
You may be feeling sluggish and feel yourself getting annoyed more easily.
Taking time to care for yourself is the best way to fight off those feelings.
You may feel like you’re just letting unanswered text messages and voicemails pile up and that you are drowning in sadness.
How to cope with Seasonal Depression
Seeking out mental health treatment is the best means to fight those experiences head-on.
Chances are that the symptoms you’re experiencing may be related to general emotions that you experience all year long.
The lack of daytime may be highlighting what you had been going through.
Seeing a therapist or psychiatrist can allow you to gain support from an outside perspective.
That outside perspective has nothing invested other than seeing you reach your personal goals and they do so from a judgment-free zone.
That professional can also connect you with resources that you may need, including medication management and coping skills.
Art Therapy to Balance Winter Depression
In an art therapy session, an art therapist may encourage you to utilize art-making as a means to processing the multitude of emotions that you are experiencing.
The art therapist may offer you clay and ask you to create a personal symbol, and then provide support as you explore the experience of creating the art, and help you as you reflect on what you are going through.
The art therapist may encourage you to work through metaphor in a collage, and provide magazine cutouts, positive affirmations and textured materials such as corrugated cardboard, fibers, fabric and tissue paper.
Engaging in sensory experiences can allow you to step away from focusing on trying to fix a specific problem, and refocus you on experiencing yourself in the context of your body.
This will help ground you and allow you to take the winter in stride, rather than feel like you are being buried under all that snow.
What you can do on our own
There is much that you can do on your own as well.
Finding objects around your home (you may call it clutter, garbage or recyclable items) and playing with them to create a sculpture may give you a sense of control in the context of your personal life.
You may enjoy taking an extra 5 minutes and having your morning coffee in a cup with no lid, at your table or on your couch.
Choosing to put yourself first and give yourself a little more leisure time can allow you to de-stress before heading out for the day.
Whatever means you choose to utilize to help yourself, just remember to take it easy. The key to caring for yourself is not putting pressure on yourself to be perfect.