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The change of seasons can often make us feel moody, and add seasonal depression on top of self-harm urges and you might have a problem. Especially in winter months, it’s hard to remain positive when all you see outside your window is doom and gloom. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is not uncommon during those times, making us feel depressed and, well, sad. Depression can also fuel self-harm urges, so it’s crucial to practice coping skills and lots of self-love when it’s dark outside.
Seasonal Depression and Self-Harm Urges
Unless you can relocate to a tropical country and stay there until spring, you will likely experience some winter blues this season. It’s completely natural. After all, our bodies have to get used to less sunlight, messing up our melatonin and serotonin production. These two hormones are responsible for our sleeping patterns and happiness levels, which, in my experience, are crucial factors when dealing with self-harm.
It’s important to point out that SAD is a real clinical condition with symptoms similar to depression. It typically manifests in winter, though some people can also experience it in the warmer months.
People affected by SAD might experience extreme fatigue, changes in mood and sleeping patterns, social withdrawal, and many other symptoms. Unsurprisingly, these things might also trigger your self-harm urges. After all, depressive states often travel with negative thought patterns, diminished self-worth, and even suicidal ideation.
Dealing with Self-Harm Urges in Winter
While SAD may not be the main culprit and the direct cause for self-harm, it certainly does not help in my experience. If you believe you might suffer from SAD, please consult your doctor as you might need vitamin D supplements or antidepressants. Otherwise, here are a few things you can do to mitigate your self-harm risks this winter:
- Watch your diet: As the days get colder and darker, we’re prone to reaching for comfort food that’s not always healthy. We don’t usually crave a salad when we’re sad. However, falling into unhealthy eating habits will make you feel worse in the longer term. Make sure to nourish your body and your mind with wholesome foods.
- Exercise regularly: Cold, rainy days can be discouraging, and it’s easy to stay in bed all day when your energy levels are nonexistent. However, it’s essential to keep active, especially if you’re prone to seasonal depression.
- Be kind to yourself: There could be many stressors you might experience this winter. For instance, you might feel the need to slow down and take more naps than usual. Accept it, and don’t be too harsh on yourself. The only pace that matters is your own. Try to reason with your thoughts and nurture your coping skills. Show yourself a lot of self-love. We all tend to expect perfection when it comes to recovery, but the truth is, staying on top of our self-harm urges can be frustrating and tiring. Let’s acknowledge that, and remind ourselves that in a few months, we’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful sunny day again.
There are a few more tips I’d like to share with you in this video:
Do you suffer from SAD? Does it affect your self-harm urges? Tell me about your seasonal depression and self-harm urges in the comments.