For many people, the winter blues hit sometime right after the holidays, when the bustle of the season is over, and winter sets in.
If you’re one of these people, you aren’t alone. Some of you may experience serious depression, while others may only feel mildly down.
You’ll find many ways to deal with the winter blues called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you’re feeling sad and blue, we’ve got some tips for how to beat winter depression and feel less blue, and a little more sunny.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
SAD is a type of depression that’s related to changes in the seasons.
It usually starts and ends at the same time every year. For some it begins in the fall, while others may start to feel the effects in the winter months. You may feel moody, irritable, depressed, and have a lack of energy.
Shorter days and less natural light contribute to SAD. As the seasons change, a change in the biological clock puts some people out of rhythm.
It’s not a good idea to ignore these yearly feelings. Take steps now to keep your mood steady all year long.
What are the Symptoms of SAD?
You might find you’re tired all the time, aren’t interested in leaving the house, have trouble sleeping, are irritable, and you may even gain weight because all you want are comfort foods loaded with carbohydrates.
If you have severe depression or feel like you’re suffering from seasonal depression, please seek medical help. A doctor can treat you with a variety of therapies.
In addition, you can try a soak in your hot tub.
A Hot Tub Can Help
If your hot tub is outdoors, you can use it during the day. This exposure to natural light can benefit you if you suffer from SAD.
Being outside may help balance your biological clock or correct imbalances in your neurotransmitters.
You’ll also enjoy being outside, smelling the fresh air, watching the clouds roll by peppered by birds, and taking in the rest of nature. What’s more, when you’re in your hot tub, you’re getting a great massage in the cocoon of your warm hot tub. Your muscles will relax, your circulation will improve, and you’ll start to feel better.
When it comes to feeling better in the winter, a hot tub is great because there’s no reason not to use it in the winter. Cold weather isn’t a reason to stay away. In fact, it’s even more exhilarating to soak in your spa in the winter.
Not only is it cozy and warm, but you’ll relax almost instantly. It’s great exposure to natural light which helps you if you have SAD. You can start your day in your hot tub, sipping coffee and watching the sun rise. Then, you can finish your day with a relaxing soak with loved ones.
Don’t underestimate the power of hot water to make you feel better every day!
*Please note this does not constitute medical advice. Always seek help from a medical professional if you have depression.