6 Ways to Fight SAD as a Travel Nurse

1. Vitamin D

The sunlight gives us Vitamin D. Thankfully, during times that we aren’t exposed to the sun often enough, there are Vitamin D supplements. A multivitamin is always a good idea, but to specifically fight the negative emotions associated with darkness, Vitamin D supplements can assist.

2. Exercise

Exercise give you endorphins, endorphins make you happy! You know this famous movie line. Heading to a gym also gives you ample lighting, social experiences, and the feeling of community. If you are struggling with depression, it may be hard to get up and go to the gym. However, the feeling of accomplishing tasks like this can help set aside some of the side effects. Always seek primary care if you’re feeling unusually unmotivated or upset.

3. Light Therapy

Your primary care provider can give you accurate “durations and strengths” when it comes to light therapy. Lights can be purchased online and in-store and do have the power of affecting mood like the sunlight when used properly.

4. Get Outdoors

We know the winters can be brutal in some states that our travel nurses are living. However, try to get your warmest outfit on and go for a walk at the very least. Being outdoors when the sun is out, even when skies are grey, is better than staying cooped up.

5. Wake Up Early and Accomplish Something

There is something about losing daylight so early in the evening that worsens the feelings of SAD. However, if you can wake up earlier and get your day going, the chances of giving up on daily chores at the end of the day or staying inside and feeling gloomy are a lot less likely. Make your day longer by determining when it starts as the universe is determining when it ends.

6. Seek Help

If none of these suggestions work for you, or you are in an depressed headspace with no desire to improve your well-being be sure to seek professional help from a primary care provider.

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