It’s 2020, it’s winter (almost), and that means a lot of us are going to be combating the effects of seasonal depression. It can be overwhelming, but it’s important to know that you are not alone.
What makes it even more special this year is that we have also been dealing with everything that is 2020. It adds a little something extra to our normal ebbs and flows, doesn’t it. So, while we may all seem fine and like we are taking it all in stride – it’s important to realize that stress levels are abnormally high this year and it may only take one little thing to trigger someone.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that no matter how overwhelmed you feel…you can always feel more overwhelmed.
But joking aside, it is important to know what is causing the anxiety and depression in your life. Being able to identify where it is coming from can help you determine the best route to move past it.
- Write it down. What is causing the anxiety/depression? (lack of sleep, too much work, poor diet, no physical activity, etc.)
- List what you can remove from your daily activities. (Not getting enough sleep due to a YouTube rabbit hole every night — remove access to your electronics an hour before bed. Working too many hours in the day — find a practical cut off time for work each day.)
- Determine what you can add to replace the unhealthy habit. (Instead of scrolling through your phone, read a book. Instead of working all night, go for a walk.)
And don’t be afraid to ask for help; having a supportive community around you is key. You do NOT need to find your way through this alone. Set up a Goals Session with a coach to talk about strategies to get you through the “dark season”, we are here to help you in any way we can.