How to Avoid Depression in Winter – Particularly During a Pandemic?

It is not uncommon for people to feel depressed during the winter season. Psychologists refer to this depression as a seasonal affective disorder. The added hours of darkness in the Winter and fewer outdoor activities can lead to or increase depression. Add to that mix the current pandemic, which forces us to remain isolated in our homes.

Here are some options to help reduce the possibility of depression and enhance one’s mood maybe the following:

1) Walks

In the USA, at least for now, one is not forced to stay inside. Taking walks around your neighborhood is a great option and great exercise as well. You could greet neighbors from a distance.

2) Keep the Curtains Open

If possible, do not close the curtains and block the sunlight in your home. Sunlight is known to make people happier.

3) Video Call Your Friends and Family Members

Take advantage of Zoom, Facetime, Skype, Webex and/or other video conferencing software. It will help you maintain your social life while staying safe in your home.

4) Nutritious Diet

Stay away from junk food. Stick to a nutritious diet of fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, carrots, and broccoli. The nutrients in these foods will help put you in a better mood naturally.

5) Get a Dog

If you don’t already have a dog, consider getting one. A dog is a great companion to have while one is cooped up indoors during the winter. Some people consider dogs to be therapeutic for their depression.