The increasingly short and dark days of winter can make many people feel depressed this time of year, and Daylight Saving Time only makes things worse. So to help people out, Time offers eight tips to keep your spirits up:
- Socializing and exercising. OK, not exactly what you crave when you're feeling depressed, but forcing yourself to be active and meet people can really turn your mood around.
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- Light therapy. Waking up in the dark can be tough on your body's rhythms, so try to wake up in bright light. You'd think Daylight Saving would actually help with this one, but the disruption of the time change can outweigh the bit of extra light.
- Massage. Good news, massages aren't just about pampering yourself. "There are many, many, many studies on depression and massage showing that there is not only a decrease in symptoms of depression but also underlying changes that are happening physiologically and biochemically," says one doctor.
- Deep breathing. You can call it yoga, meditation, or just focused breathing, but the results are still just as helpful. Under stress, blood pressure rises, but a few deep breaths can reverse that and help calm you down again.