How Seasonal Changes Can Affect Our Mental Health
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- How Seasonal Changes Can Affect Our Mental Health
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
The effects of seasonal changes on our mental health can be profound. Many changes accompany the shifting seasons: the length of daylight; the intensity of the sunlight; our diet; our routine; how and where we spend our time.
As late fall turns to winter, it's common for people to feel tired, unmotivated, and depleted. Anxiety can increase, too, because these changes can create a vague, unsettled feeling. Also, symptoms of depression can begin or increase. There's a specific disorder called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that is directly tied to seasonal change.
The following tips help enhance mental health through the changing seasons:
- Create a new routine that helps you enjoy things despite the early darkness (reading, board games, crafts, puzzles, etc.)
- Work in movement throughout the day (brief walks, stretches, climbing stairs, etc.) to keep your energy level constant
- Stock up on a variety of favorite teas or coffees, depending on your personal caffeine tolerance
- Be mindful of what you eat, for diet affects mental health
- Identify what you love about the season, and be intentional about incorporating that into your life.
Here are some other ideas on how to deal with the winter blues and those seasonal changes that affect our mental health.
Related Articles Dealing with Seasonal Change and Mental Health
- Season Changes May Impact Mental Illness
- Preparing for Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Symptoms—Who's at Risk?
- For Everything There is a Season
- Winter Can Be SO Depressing
- SAD Light: Seasonal Depression Light Therapy for SAD
Today's Question: What helps you deal with your own unique mental health challenges that are caused or made worse by seasonal changes? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- The Relationship Between Bipolar and Anger / Aggression
- Hormones and Women’s Mental Health
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Test
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Undiagnosed Trauma Can Lead To Substance Abuse (Mental Health Treatment Circle Blog)
- Visualization Exercises Can Conquer Anxiety (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Don’t Let Sleep Deprivation Keep You from Bliss (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- The Struggle of Mental Health in Your 20s (Mental Health For The Digital Generation Blog)
- Why Planning Ahead with Bipolar Is Tough (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- Domestic Violence and Why People Stay (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- When My Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Gets Triggered and Video: How To Help Someone You Love With Their PTSD Recovery (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- Practicing Self-Compassion Can Increase Self-Esteem (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Recovering From Narcissistic Abuse Without Validation (Your Mental Health Blog)
- Peer Support Can Help Break Mental Health Stigma (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Video: Binge Eating Disorder And Your Closet (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Forming Relationships With Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder (Dissociative Living Blog)
- Early Sobriety Will Trigger Anxiety (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- Parents With Mental Illness: Trade ‘Normal’ for Happy (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- Mental Health Relapse and Family During the Holidays (Relationships and Mental Illness Blog)
- The Health Risks of Hookah (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Why My Schizophrenic Psychotic Episode Still Matters (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Benefits People With Depression, Anxiety
- Selective Media Coverage May Cause Us To Forget Certain Health Facts
- Interrupted Sleep Impacts Mood More Than Lack Of Sleep, Study Finds
- Memory Complaints May Indicate Greater Dementia Risk Decades Later
- When It Comes To Children's Ability To Think, Weight And Activity Level Both Matter, Study Finds
- 'Love Hormone' May Stimulate Release Of 'Bliss Molecule'
- Lifestyle Change Could Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer's
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
- follow HealthyPlace on Twitter
- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Last Updated: 03 November 2015
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD