Ways to Cope with Winter Depression

At the end of January, when all the holidays are over, I fall into a nocturnal depressive state. I don’t mean this in a bad way. As I’ve gotten older, the relationships in holidays are not the same as they used be. The other factor is that St. Louis is very cold in February, and at this point I’ve been inside for over two months. With these two things combined, I get depressed, so I have learned to manage it.

Sometimes, I feel a little sluggish and moody and I don’t like to paint. But I know if I don’t paint, my depression will just get worse. In addition to painting, I make sure to meditate and reflect on what happened last year, what I can do to make the new year better. So, I’m ahead of the curve during this depression time that I go through.

A good way to cope with this winter depression is to talk it out with your closest friends. Exercising also helps. Doing simple exercises gets your blood flowing and clears your mind. Hopefully, these tips help out other people who go through this.

One thing you can do during the cold months is to learn how to meditate, which is a very long process. You must learn patience. This can be great for both you and the people around you. Even if you have a short temper (or a regular temper) meditation is good for your breathing, your Chi and bettering your mind.

All these methods can help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. May the sun stay bright and the summer comes closer.

About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.