"The clear treatment of choice for seasonal affective disorder is bright light therapy. It's now been evaluated in over seventy research studies, and often yields even better results for patients than medication (with far fewer side effects). [...] Remember, we were all designed to get bright light on a regular basis. That's why it has such widespread beneficial effects: boosting mood, turning down the brain's stress response, keeping the body clock in sync, and even making us more likely to socialize." – Dr Steve Irladi
"I up my meditation and yoga practice in the winter. I also bought a "happy" lamp and I think it's helping."
"I just remind myself it's temporary and the more days that pass, the quicker it is to being over [...] I have one of those lamps as well, it really does make a big difference and helps me stick to a routine!"
"Vitamin D drops! I think there are a lot of good brands - the drops absorb better in general. I like mine in coconut oil and add it to coffee or tea, the ones in olive oil taste too strong. Just preference though!"
"I also use Vitamin D3. I use the Garden Of Life brand vanilla spray. It tastes great and I trust the integrity of the brand."
"I find comfort in sleep supplements tooooo, ones with magnesium, melatonin and/or 5htp."
"I find essential oils and herbal tea really comforting for low moods as well."
"Walks in nature as often as possible - a change of scenery, exercise and sun sunlight can do a whole lot of good for both the body and mind!"
"Going to a yoga/gym class lifts your mood, keeps you warm and you’re socialising! I like to go to yoga classes when it’s cold, and other gym classes too!"
"[What helps me is] going for long walks in the cold. I'm serious, it works. Something about the cold still air brings a temporary sense of peace and calm. Better if done at night when no one else is on the streets. You can better focus on the feelings of your mind and body."
"[What helps me is] definitely movement, esp. yoga because it combines breathwork, meditation, and exercise."
"When it's a day the sun is out, be outside AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Getting bright light, especially natural light, makes me feel a little bit of relief. It's soothing and the world seems to have so much more color."
"Many researchers now believe sugar craving represents an attempt to "self-medicate," since surging blood glucose can trigger more serotonin activity in the brain, temporarily lifting mood. But there's a big downside: eating sugar (and other simple carbs) promotoes inflammation [...] Chronic inflammation is a major culprit in promoting depression. So, the sugar-based self-medication strategy ultimately fails—in a big way."
"I know Hygge is trending right now but it has really helped me get through the last few winters. Lots of candles, cozy blankets, fires, board games with friends, hot tea, hot chocolate, sun lamp etc."
"I find seeking beauty from the nature somewhat helpful. Cloudless nights, colorful sunsets and the light reflecting from the ice. Everything looks so peaceful when you look at it from the right angle. And another, easier way to feel better is to put on some soft lights (or candles) and just curl into a blanket.
But sometimes you just have to let the melancholia get to you. Brood the things that weigh you down and process them. Snapping out of that temporary melancholy is important though. It's too easy to stay on that dark mindset when the world around us is cold and dark."