Lifestyle Changes Can Help Relieve Affective Disorder Duckworth recommends a variety of ways to combat this condition. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder may include phototherapy, psychotherapy, and medications. If you have bipolar disorder, tell your healthcare provider and mental health professional that it is essential to know when to prescribe phototherapy or an antidepressant. Both treatments can trigger a manic episode.
I know this is hard to do, especially in the winter months, when it's really cold outside, and in summer, when you seem to live in a desert. But exercising, especially walking, can help ease seasonal affective disorder by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. These are the chemicals that make you feel good. Believe me, they want to feel good.
They just need a little help from you. Look for exercises that are continuous and rhythmic. The biggest benefits for depression come from rhythmic exercise, such as walking, weight training, swimming, martial arts, or dancing, in which your arms and legs move.