If you recognized yourself in my story about winter blues, seasonal affective disorder and postpartum depression this weekend, then my goal is to be able to offer you some hope. Here are nine things that can help you fight against seasonal depression in winter:
1. If you do see sunlight, try to get outside, even if for only a few moments. We do know that vitamin D and sunlight can lift the winter blues and so if you see it, I encourage you to pocket some of it if you can. Or, if it is too cold to be outside, stand or sit by a window and soak up whatever rays are available to you.
2. Consider a way to get movement and exercise while at home. Yoga or exercise DVDs can be a great way to bring your movement home to you. Or dance! A mom who I have been seeing in my office uses the long winter months to turn up the music that she loves and boogie with her baby. If they are little enough they might just love the movement, too. And watching you may just be the entertainment that your little one needs! Plus exercise can help with your postpartum depression, too. [Read more...]