1. Varied Mood
With reduced access to sunlight, our best source of vitamin D disappears. This can affect mood and make you feel more down. Vitamin D has several crucial bodily functions and can protect us from various diseases, including the flu. Low levels of vitamin D can also cause symptoms of depression. Therefore, take fish oil (omega 3 + vitamin A - D-E) throughout the year and extra vitamin D from September to April.
2. Daylight Prevents Low Spirits
A good self-help suggestion is to walk in the middle of the day during daylight, preferably during lunch. Lack of light tricks the brain into thinking it's nighttime, making us more tired. Bring a colleague or friend and go for a brisk walk!
3. Ensure Adequate Sleep
During this time of the year, many people need more sleep. The hormone melatonin controls our circadian rhythm and is released at night. The brain produces more melatonin in the dark season, making us sleepier.
4. Invite Someone Over
Many of us tend to stay indoors more during this season, becoming less social. While some find this a welcome change, remember that being social can prevent feelings of downheartedness.
Remember that you can make a difference for someone else. Be open to talking with someone who needs it. You don't need to solve their problems, but having a listening ear can be crucial.