If you notice your mental health decreasing during the winter time, you are not alone. There are fewer hours of sunlight and I find it nearly impossible to spend time outside. It has been averaging nine degrees Fareinheight in Massachusetts this past week! That is not my ideal outdoor temperature. Every year, my depression heightens during the winter. I can’t say that the season is the direct reason for this because I have never been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I’ve just noticed the trend.
One way I combat this is by keeping my room a cozy and positive environment. I spend more time in my room during the winter since I hate leaving my house in the cold unless necessary. I am normally the type of person to go out at least once a day, even if it’s to get coffee or go to the supermarket. Right now, I am hibernating.
I can’t keep anything alive (excluding my rabbits, I promise I am a responsible mother), so I opt for fake flowers. I have fake sunflowers, hydrangeas, and more scattered throughout my room. You can get them from Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabrics for fairly cheap. There are also so many cute vases and pots you can put them in! I like keeping fake flowers in my room, especially during the winter, because it makes my space feel more alive.
I wasn’t a candle fan until this past year because I have an irrational fear of catching on fire. Now, I got one of those longer lighters so my finger doesn’t have to be anywhere near the flame. My favorite candle is Marshmallow Fireside from Bath and Body Works, it makes my whole room smell delightful! Being fire-conscious, I always make sure to blow out the candle in a timely matter.
Light Therapy Lamps
I’ve never used one myself, but I have heard light therapy lamps do wonders for those with SAD. They’re available on Amazon for as low as $40.
I pretty much live in my fleece blanket. If it was socially acceptable to wrap it around myself and wear it around, I would. There is something about being engulfed in a blanket that makes me feel safe. So I can kind of live out my dream of wearing my blanket, my boyfriend bought me a robe that feels like it. It’s not 100% the same, but it will do.
This isn’t an option that everyone has, but I am lucky to have two of my rabbits in my room at school with me. Aspen and Stan live in a large dog crate directly across from my bed. I love watching them hop around my room or cuddle up together. Even when I’m not directly interacting with them, having them near me cheers me up. It is great to wake up in the morning and have them be the first thing I see.
Staying Clean & Organized
I’ll admit it, my room is normally a mess because I don’t spend a lot of time in it. When I’m here, I’ll just be throwing things around while I am rushing to get ready. Since I spent way more time in my room during the winter, it is important to keep it tidy. I get stressed out when everything around me is a mess. This is a work in progress because I am not the neatest person, but I have noticed a positive difference in my mood when my room is clean.