Seasonal Depression

Wyatt Flowers, Podcast Director

Seasonal depression, a feeling of all around sadness.

It is very easy to slip into a depression when the skies go gray and it gets cold and gloomy outside. One of the main concerns with seasonal depression is knowing that it is a cycle that will at one point come back, and that is scary.

Now that the seasonal part is out of the way, it is time to dig deeper into actual depression. It is not the easiest thing to understand. Most people never really know why they are sad, let alone know they are depressed. But, it is very important to know that no matter how people are feeling or if they have that tight feeling in their chest, and want to give up. If someone struggles with depression, it is very crucial to find help.

There aren’t really a lot of words or things to say about depression because it has always been hard to understand the reason people are depressed. Some people have had rough childhoods, others may not know why they are, and just aren’t happy. If there are signs that someone may have depression, it is crucial to show some sort of support.

Some people cope a lot differently than others. Some people like to distract themselves and hangout with friends, others may like to go to the gym and others like to sleep. The problem with sleeping is isolating yourself from other people. No matter how bad the thoughts get, or the feeling of not getting the brain to stop thinking. The best thing to do is to try and be around as many people as possible or find something that brings joy.

Some examples of things to do are listen to music, and find an artist that is an inspiration. Really love and follow them, and learn why they do what they do. One person may also have a sport that they feel is an escape for them. That should make things a little easier because practice and going to the gym can help distract the brain.

Setting goals may also be a way to not feel like every day is the same. Not just wake up, school, sleep, and repeat. They don’t even have to be really big goals. Just set small goals like maybe going to the gym, going out with friends.

To touch up more on the seasonal part of depression, the weather plays a big role in it.

When the skies are gray and it gets too cold outside to go do fun activities with friends or maybe even family. It leaves people to feel like they are kind of doing the same thing everyday, which is why it is important that they find something that they can look forward to at the end of the day.

The cold weather keeps people inside and in their own mind.

Which is a very dangerous place to be if that person overthinks things.

It is very easy to just go into one’s bedroom and stay in bed all day. Instead they could watch a movie out in their living room with their family. It keeps the mind on things and gives the person something to talk to someone about.

The sun is a very crucial factor in seasonal depression.

The sun produces large amounts of serotonin to the brain. Serotonin leaves people to feel happier and even more accomplished with their days. When the clouds cover the sun up, and it starts to get gloomy the amount of serotonin that your brain receives tumbles.

There are many ways to increase the amount of serotonin your brain receives, even during the cloudy days and rough winter season.

Yoga, calming music, and therapy are the top 3 ways to release serotonin into your brain without the sun.

This being said, if you struggle with any sort of depression, you are loved.


If you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255