20 Ways To Beat ‘Seasonal Depression’ Before It Becomes Too Much

because seasonal depression is real.

11. Walk home instead of commuting.

This sounds so silly but one of the best things about winter time is this tranquility that’s in the air. Going for a long walk bundled up on your way back from work, playing your favorite podcast or listening to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album for the 100th time can give you some time to clear your mind after a long day. And it’s a good exercise – *endorphins*!

12. See a therapist.

You might be laughing or think you don’t need one but everyone, and I mean everyone has baggage. If you’re getting down this time of year or maybe it’s not just this time of year, but something else that’s been bothering you and it’s just manifested itself now. Talking to someone is always a good idea.

13. Volunteer with an organization you’re passionate about.

Get out there and make a change. Help the homeless, feed the hungry, help someone find a new pet at an animal shelter. You don’t know who you’ll meet along the way, and you don’t know how inspired you might become to do more.

14. Clean out your closet.

Need I say more? You, I and the rest of the world know there’s more there than you use. We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Donate what you don’t wear anymore or, sell it on eBay and make some cash.

15. And when you do that, redecorate.

Are you still using the same bedspread from when you were in college? Are your bedroom walls still bare regardless of the fact you moved in a year ago? Time to hit up your local home goods and decorate. Make it a winter project to make your room more “you” again.