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COPING WITH SEASONAL LOW MOODS

As we go into the colder months, we may notice fluctuations in our mood and overall mental health. For many, low moods can be triggered or impacted by a change in the seasons and it can be really hard to manage at times. If you feel this applies to you, you are certainly not alone, and we want to give you some helpful information, tips, and resources to get you through it as best as possible. 

 

Forgiveness & Affirmations 

 

First and foremost, it is important to practice forgiveness with yourself. Many times we get frustrated with ourselves for feeling the way we do, but we need to start showing the same compassion for ourselves as we do for others. Your feelings are valid and it’s not something you can shame or snap yourself out of. Try saying daily affirmations to help with forgiveness and to help reframe your thoughts and shift your perspective. Over time, affirmations can instill self love and are a good way to combat negative intrusive thoughts. Here are some examples of affirmations to use. You can always change them up and add to this list. 

 

“I forgive myself for feeling this way.” 

“I deserve compassion & forgiveness.” 

“It’s okay not to be okay.” 

“I can get through this, just like I have in the past.” 

“I am not alone” 

“I matter and my feelings are valid.” 

 

Self Care

 

Sometimes people online talk about self care and post glamorous pics of shopping bags and spa days. However, it doesn’t have to be so grandiose or extravagant. It can also be something so simple like taking a hot shower or watching a comfort movie (the more times you’ve already seen it, the better!). When experiencing low moods, it can feel like so much effort to get out of bed or do our usual routines. The point of self care is to just take that one extra step in your day to show yourself love and kindness in any way you see fit. If that’s by drinking your morning coffee or even just simply taking a well deserved nap, then that is perfectly okay. Some other forms of simple self care that you may not even realize are self care include: 

 

  • Deep breathing 

  • Listening to music 

  • Eating your favorite food 

  • Saying affirmations 

  • Keeping yourself hydrated 

  • Basically anything you want it to be!

 

Check out our Self Soothing Anxiety Tips article for more self care information and ideas.  

 

Reach Out  

 

This may be one of the hardest parts of dealing with mental health problems, but it is important to try and reach out to your loved ones and allow them to be there for you. Spending time with the people you care about most may help you feel a little better. Also, if they are aware of what you’re going through then they may be able to help in any way they can. It helps to be open and honest about how you feel, and it would be even better to tell them the kinds of things they can do to help if they are unsure of how to do so. Having alone time is totally okay and is very much needed at times, but try not to completely isolate yourself as this can worsen or further enable the symptoms of low moods.  

 

We understand that it is totally easier said than done and that getting out of this headspace can be very challenging. Be patient with yourself and take things one day at a time. Whenever you’re ready, reach out to those you trust and to a health professional that can help you with your specific needs. 

 

Just a reminder that this is not a replacement for medical advice or treatment. This is also not the proper resource for a professional diagnosis. This is only a helpful tool to aid in managing mental health symptoms.

 

To learn more about seasonal low moods and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) go to: 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651 

 

For more resources, go to: 

https://mhanational.org/ 

https://idontmind.com/ 

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 

 

The content provided in this article is provided for information purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice and consultation, including professional medical advice and consultation; it is provided with the understanding that UTMS, LLC (“UTMS”) is not engaged in the provision or rendering of medical advice or services. You understand and agree that UTMS shall not be liable for any claim, loss, or damage arising out of the use of, or reliance upon any content or information in the article.

 

AUTHOR: Taylor Shamoon

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