Canandaigua, New York
42 North Main St
Canandaigua, NY 14424

3 Tips for Combating Winter Depression January 30, 2018

Canandaigua, Ontario
3 Tips for Combating Winter Depression, Canandaigua, New York

The winter months are notorious for causing increased feelings of depression. However, there are steps you can take to help you bust out of the winter blues and feel invigorated once again. Doing so can be as simple as getting some fresh air or tweaking your diet to include more healthy foods.

How to Combat Winter Depression

1. Spend Some Time Outside

depressionDarker days and longer nights tend to have a depressing effect on many people. Accordingly, being exposed to natural light can help boost your mood, especially when nice days are few and far between. On the days when the sun makes an appearance, try to spend some time outside. Even though it can be cold, bundle up and take a short walk, build a snowman, or go sledding to get some vitamin D in your life.

2. Find a New Hobby

After the holidays, you might find you have more free time than usual. What better opportunity is there than to take up a new hobby, which you might have been putting off due to social and work obligations? If you’re interested in crafting, for instance, use the post-holiday downtime to explore your creativity or create something beautiful. If you’re going to be stuck indoors anyway, you should make the most of it.

3. Focus on Diet & Exercise

Diet and exercise always play a role in your mood. If you find you’re experiencing depression or increased levels of anxiety, vigorous activity, even for 30 minutes a day, can help brighten your outlook by flooding your body with endorphins. Also, pay attention to how you eat. Healthy, wholesome foods provide energy without the eventual crash associated with something high in sugar. If you eat well, you’ll have more energy, giving you the motivation to get off your couch and move.


If your bad mood is more than just winter depression, the kind and compassionate team at Canandaigua Lake Counseling Services can help. This family counseling center is dedicated to supporting patients in Canandaigua, NY, who are facing serious mental health challenges. If you’d like to speak with a representative about scheduling an appointment, feel free to call (585) 919-0014. You can also visit their website for more information on their services.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Canandaigua Lake Counseling Services
How Traumatic Life Events Can Cause Depression, Canandaigua, New York
When a person is fired from their job or loses a loved one, they’ll likely experience a variety of negative moods and emotions. Depression is a common, yet serious, more
Welcome Kay Loree to Canandaigua Lake Counseling Services!, Canandaigua, New York
Canandaigua Lake Counseling Service is excited to introduce a new provider who started this month!   Please help us welcome Kay Loree to the team! She is a more
Why You Might Experience Depression During the Holidays, Canandaigua, New York
The holidays can be a hectic time for many people; With the added stress of shopping, cooking, and gatherings, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed. In fact, many people more
Canandaigua Mental Health Counselor Shares 5 Symptoms of Depression, Canandaigua, New York
Depression is a debilitating mental health illness that can lead to everything from insomnia to feelings of worthlessness, sadness, and loneliness. Such emotional signs aside, there more