How Friends Can Help You Beat Seasonal Depression

During the winter season, it’s easy to find ourselves down and out more often than usual. As the seasons change and sunlight becomes less consistent, the hormones in our bodies change which impacts our mood. Studies show that about 10 million Americans are effected by seasonal depression each year. However, one of the most beneficial ways to combat seasonal depression is to surround yourself with your supporters and loved ones. Keep reading to learn how friends can help you beat seasonal depression. 

What is Seasonal Depression?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD or seasonal depression) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons and begins and ends at about the same times every year. Many who experience symptoms of SAD tend to begin during the fall and winter months with the change in season. Symptoms include sadness, low energy, lack of motivation, sleep problems, etc. Though seasonal depression does not have many serious effects, surrounding yourself with friends can help you feel better during these tough times.


Friends can help you socialize

Those who struggle with seasonal depression tend to avoid social spaces and situations, however, having a friend can make finding new friends easier. Having a friend to reassure you that they are there during tough times can make you feel more comfortable with yourself and bring out the best in you. Though it can be difficult to spark a new connection when you don’t feel your best, pairing your friends with your favorite meal or your favorite outfit can help you feel confident and positive enough to get yourself out there. 


Friends can help you with self-care

It is easy to stray away from self-caring during difficult times, but doing self-care activities with a friend can help you enjoy these tasks. For example, de-cluttering your room with friends by making it a “cleaning party” or creating a new skincare routine with your friends by having a “spa night” can be a great way to get yourself back into your habits. Doing these tasks with a friend makes it enjoyable and more comfortable.


Friends can lift you up

Isolating yourself while experiencing symptoms of seasonal depression can affect your relationships long-term. Simply surrounding yourself with your friends and loved ones during difficult times can help eliminate symptoms and uplift your mood while strengthening the relationship you already had. Your truest friends understand when to giveyou space and when to provide support, so don’t be afraid to lean on them during these times. Friends can support you in seeking help for seasonal depression by being by your side through every step of the process. 


Seasonal depression affects many people, even if it doesn’t appear that way. Just remember, you’re never alone and have people who are willing to help and support you during difficult times. Surrounding yourself with friends is a great step toward beating the symptoms of seasonal depression.


How will you support your friends, and yourself, during the winter season?

See Also: Navigating the New Normal: Tips for Maintaining Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World

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