Get organised: because inspiration comes from doing. Getting your tasks and projects in order and making an effort to stay organised and on top of everything can actually help to relieve that ‘down in the dumps’ feeling. Arrange your to-do-list into something actionable by breaking down larger tasks into small projects. While being organised won’t necessarily directly relieve the symptoms of SAD, by being more focussed, productive and having clearer goals, you’ll be less likely to feel despairing and give up on things until the spring thaw.
Exercise and be active: don’t underestimate the positive benefits of exercise and a mood improver; starting a fitness regime can go a long way to making yourself feel better. Even just getting out for a walk during daylight hours can make a big difference. Exercise releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood, which can be a big help.
Socialise: surround yourself with friends and family members that make you feel positive and good about yourself. By finding company and keeping as active as possible, this can provide a great distraction to keep you from spending the winter feeling lonely at home alone.
Brighten things up: Consider switching some of the lights in your home or office with natural light simulating bulbs. It might also be worth considering light therapy to help get more natural light, which involves sitting in front of a lightbox on a daily basis.
Seek help: if you’re prone to sinking into a more serious seasonal depression and have tried the previous tips then it could be time to talk to a professional before winter sets in.