It’s that time of year again. The days are shorter and colder, the nights are longer and darker. The lack of sunlight may cause the all-too common winter blues and can even lead to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which affects up to 6% of the US population. It’s especially important to know the signs of seasonal affective disorder or chronic depression, which includes: reduced interest in activities you enjoy, irritability, lack of motivation, lack of focus, low mood, loss of appetite, and any noticeable weight gain or weight loss. Here are nine tips to help keep your mental health in check this winter:
Meditation is super important for black women, since we face multiple systems of oppression including racism, sexism, colorism and even featurism. Meditating gives you a chance to escape the pressures of everyday living, and break ruminative, depressive thinking. A study from the University of California found that mindfulness mediation can help decrease rumination and remove unhealthy, dysfunctional self-beliefs.
Ditch Social Media
Research from the University of Pittsburgh found a link between a person’s risk for depression and how much time they spend on social media. This means spending too much time on social media could possibly be putting your mental health at risk. This news should come as no surprise, since social media networks like Facebook and Instagram are naturally quite isolating. We’ve all had a moment of weakness and compared our lives to the picture-perfect, filtered images and come up short. The truth is the media only tells half of the story—few people are as willing to share the losses and disappointments in their life.