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Life style changes: Sunlight

Sunlight can help boost serotonin levels and improve your mood. Whenever possible, get outside during daylight hours and expose yourself to the sun. Aim for at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day. Remove sunglasses (but never stare directly at the sun) and use sunscreen as needed.

  • Take a walk on your lunch break, have your coffee outside, enjoy an al fresco meal, or spend time gardening.
  • Double up on the benefits of sunlight by exercising outside. Try hiking, walking in a local park, or playing golf or tennis with a friend.
  • Increase the amount of natural light in your home and workplace by opening blinds and drapes and sitting near windows.
  • If you live somewhere with little winter sunshine, try using a light therapy box.

Dealing with the winter blues

For some people, the reduced daylight hours of winter lead to a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD can make you feel like a completely different person to who you are in the summer: hopeless, sad, tense, or stressed, with no interest in friends or activities you normally love. No matter how hopeless you feel, though, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your mood stable throughout the year.

Lifestyle changes that can treat depression


Exercise is a powerful depression fighter and one of the most important tools in your recovery arsenal.

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Peer Support

All too often men with depression tend to isolate themselves because they don’t want to feel like they are a burden on others.

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Sleep has a strong effect on mood. When you don't get enough sleep, your depression symptoms will be worse.

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Stress reduction

Too much stress exacerbates depression and puts you at risk for future depression.

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What you eat

What you eat has a direct impact on the way you feel.

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