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What to do if you’re experiencing the ‘Winter Blues’

Blog by Chloe Green | TuneFM team member

June is the start of the winter season, and for some people the cold weather brings about more than just a change in clothes. You might have heard people describe themselves as having a case of the ‘Winter Blues’, but what does this mean and how common is it really?

The Winter Blues is a common name for seasonal depression and is quite prevalent in Australia, with around 54% of Australians admitting to experiencing the Winter Blues during the cooler months.

While it is normal, severe cases require treatment and if you are struggling you should seek professional advice.

How do I know if I have seasonal depression?

Seasonal depression can appear like many other things and it may not always be easy to notice. One thing to look out for, is feelings of depression which occur and dissipate around the same time each year.

While it can be hard to pick up on, there are a variety of symptoms you can look out for this winter, including:

These are all common symptoms of seasonal depression. Seasonal depression may first manifest during early adulthood, as it often begins to surface around the age of 20.  You may be more susceptible to seasonal depression if your family has a history of mental health issues, or you suffer from other mental health disorders.

Is there anything I can do on my own to help treat it?

Like any mental health problem, there are a variety of treatments suggested for dealing with the Winter Blues. Some popular ones include:

  • Eating healthy balanced diets
  • Regular exercise
  • Staying away from alcohol or drugs
  • Spending time outside
  • Being patient with your mental health

While all of these methods should help to reduce the likelihood of developing seasonal depression, or minimising the impact of its symptoms, it is still important to check in with yourself regularly and make sure to ask for help when you need it.

The team at Advocacy and Welfare offer confidential support to students! Contact us here!

Student Success also has confidential counselling for students, you can find them here.

You are never alone at UNE.