People with bipolar disorder often feel a worsening of their depression symptoms in winter.
Here are some tips that might help to improve your situation.
- Dress more warmly. Being freezing cold on top of being depressed will not help.
- Moving in any way helps our bodies function better and a healthy mind is part of a healthy body. Allocate time to exercise each day.
- The foods that you eat do a lot to support your overall health and immunity, but they also influence your brain health, hormones, and stress levels. Your diet can play a key role in how well you handle your bipolar disorder. Make sure that you’re eating foods that will help your body and mind function at their best.
- Exercise can have a positive impact on your mood and self image. Regular exercise definitely plays a key role in managing current symptoms of bipolar depression.
- Don’t isolate yourself too much this winter. If anxiety holds you back from hanging out with people, at least talk to people by other means if it’s too much for you to leave home. Texting, writing, phone calls, and Skype should be on your daily list. Inviting people to come round is a good idea, bring people to you!
- Keeping a journal has several benefits when it comes to handling your bipolar disorder. It gives you the opportunity to release your feelings and thoughts and keep track of important information about your seasonal bipolar disorder.
- Practice mindfulness.This means being aware of yourself and attentive to the present moment. When you’re mindful it’s much easier for you to notice when you are showing signs of a bipolar episode. In addition, mindfulness can help you manage your stress and handle your seasonal bipolar disorder in general.
- Consider therapy.If therapy isn’t currently part of your treatment plan, consider adding it in. Talking to a counselor, therapist, or other mental health professional can help you handle your bipolar depression in several ways. Your therapist can offer you tips and strategies for handling your symptoms as well as provide you with encouragement and other support.