Is this the most wonderful or difficult time of the year for you?

Seasonal depression during the winter months can feel debilitating. Luckily, there are tips that we all can
follow to make the holiday season more manageable.

Know the Signs of Depression

Winter Signs
Winter Signs

Fatigue, sleep issues, irritability, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, difficulty making decisions, and inability to concentrate.

When we become depressed our mood shifts, sleep patterns change, and concentrating can be challenging. If you recognize these changes in your mood or behavior it is healthy to talk about these feelings with someone close to you, and to a medical professional.

Learn to Recognize Holiday Triggers

We all have different triggers that can make us feel anxious and overwhelmed. If social events with lots of people cause you stress, create a plan that allows you to leave when you have reached your social capacity. You can also take someone with you who can be your support system. Always remember, it’s okay to refuse an invitation for your health!

Exercise for Physical and Mental Relief

Winter Jog
Winter Jog

Exercise stimulates our bodies. Physical stimulation naturally produces endorphins which help to reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive mindset. Similarly, endocannabinoids interact with our cannabis receptors to stimulate healing and enhance our overall sense of well-being. Regular exercise is associated with lower rates of depression. Exercise also helps alleviate stress and anxiety while improving sleep and self-esteem.

Support Your Mental Well Being

Winter Well Being
Winter Well Being

Practice mindfulness with meditation. You can aid your mindful practices with cannabis. Try incorporating Verdes Salve into your meditation / wellness practices. It can increase body comfort and sooth anxiety thanks to its aroma and other essential oils. Consider aromatherapy for a non-cannabis option. Lavender, which is potent in Linalool — a terpene for calming anxiety, is great for supporting your well being without THC intoxication.

Staying Positive with Cannabis

If you use cannabis for mood, try an uplifting strain.  Strains potent in terpenes like limonene, linalool, terpinolene, and farnesene are beneficial for mood uplift and reducing symptoms of depression.

Ask our staff about the best strains and products for you during this upcoming holiday season!

Resources:

https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1724924/pdf/v038p00536.pdf

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