We’ve known about the winter blues for a while– cold weather and shorter days can leave you feeling drained and down. But for some people, the winter blues are more than just a bad mood every once in a while. Seasonal Affective Disorder is estimated to affect more than 3 million people in the United States.

This mood disorder can cause fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal during the fall and winter months. Luckily, treatments for seasonal affective disorder (also known as seasonal depression) can be relatively easy to find and even affordable.

 Light Therapy

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Light therapy is the most common treatment for S.A.D.– daylight lamps emit low levels of UV to increase Vitamin D in clients. Think of it as getting your daily sunlight when you can’t get it outside. We recommend using these lamps for up to one hour at a time. Many spas offer light therapy upgrades with manicures, pedicures, and massages– so treat yourself while you get this kind of treatment!

 

Salt Therapy

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Another great treatment for those dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder is salt therapy. 45 minutes of salt therapy is equivalent to 2 days at the beach in terms of exposure to negative ions that help you feel happier. Some spas offer full salt rooms to relax in– or you can look for a salt scrub manicure and pedicure, or other treatments that feature salts at your local spa.

 

Massage Therapy

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Massages really work wonders to your body and mind all year long. They can reduce anxiety and depression, decrease heart rate and blood pressure, and improve mental health in general. Massage therapy is a great option for anyone all year long, but they’re especially great if you’re struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder this winter.

 

If your symptoms are severe, consult with a mental health professional before trying any treatment and make sure to discuss your treatment plan with the professionals! Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common problem, but these treatments are making it easier to get through the winter!

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