Strangely, if the depression, which did not come from winter to spring and spring to summer, seems to slowly raise its head as the year gets shorter, this is also a normal feeling, so you don’t have to worry too much.
Here are the result and tips after interviews with three professional psychologists for those suffering from seasonal depression.
Don’t hold back your emotions
If you feel depressed, it is important to be kind to yourself first. American psychologist Joey Harden Bradford said, “Take it as a difficult time of year for me and be patient with yourself. He explained, “It is important to pledge to do the best I can.”
Studies have shown that people who have compassion for themselves, like when dealing with friends, feel less anxious in difficult situations and feel a higher level of happiness overall.
Then, what is the best way to accept undesirable emotions? “Breathe in and let these thoughts actually come to the surface,” is the tip of Tracy Dennis-Teware, director of the Hunter University Emotion Control Laboratory and psychologist in New York. Sharing feelings with friends or writing down in a diary can also be a good way. According to him, the key is to “allow your inner feelings to come out.”
“Complex emotions are worth it,” explains Dr. Dennis-Teware. This is because these complex emotions provide information about our needs and values. This is another reason not to suppress emotions.
Of course, the arrival of autumn also means the end of the year, so someone may be in chaos. But what if this mess can plan the future and control uncertainty? Anxiety asks us the question, “What can you do to control the current mess?” and helps us sort out uncertain situations one by one, explains Dr. Bradford.
“Anxiety provides information about what we really value in life,” explains Dr. Dennis-Tiwery. In fact, when planning how to spend the rest of the year, someone will be angry that they didn’t enjoy reading enough during the summer and pledge to spend more time reading in the fall.
If anxiety or sadness is considered out of your control, you’d better figure out a small problem that you can control. Dr. Dennis-Tiweri gave a tip from experience, saying that listening to his colleague’s story and supporting him rather than changing the situation he was facing a few years ago helped the mental health of both himself and his colleagues.
If you’re overwhelmed by emotions, focus on the current situation
Of course, anxiety does not always help. Sometimes it may feel too wasteful. Then, why don’t you focus on other things by doing things you like, such as walking, gardening, yoga, and talking to a counselor?
Instead of falling into a melancholy mood, Dr. David suggested observing these feelings. The idea of “I’m anxious” and “I’m sad” actually connects these feelings to who I am. He suggested changing his mind, saying, “This idea is actually like imprisoning himself in depression.” Dr. David explains, “If you define yourself as a complex emotion, other emotions cannot squeeze through the gap.”
Instead, he pointed out that it is important to reconstruct emotions and create a space where emotions can be improved with the idea that “I am noticing that I am sad” and “I am aware that anxiety is rising.”