Winter Blues? Helpful tips for Seasonal Depression.

Winter blues? Helpful tips for seasonal depression 


Fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may be struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is sometimes referred to as Seasonal Depression. It is a real struggle, and, for some, it can be debilitating. People typically develop symptoms of SAD during the fall and winter months. Although there is no definitive answer why some develop SAD, it is said to be linked to shorter days and less exposure to sunlight. This lack of sun is said to cause a chemical change in our brains. That, coupled with unpredictable weather, less social activities, and the stress of the holidays, can certainly lead someone to feel less than their best.

When it comes to your mental and physical health you should consult a health care professional before trying any new form of therapy, medication, or exercise.

Some safe and helpful tips you can try at home that may help combat the symptoms of SAD:
Vitamin D and fresh air. Even just a few minutes a day of fresh air and sun has loads of benefits. If it isn’t safe to venture outdoors, even spending time near a large window allowing the sunlight to hit you helps.  Light therapy such as red-light therapy is becoming more accessible and can be done in the privacy of your own home.

Exercise. 20-30 minutes of daily physical activity is recommended to combat seasonal depression. If you can’t attend an exercise class, a walk is terrific exercise. Atrium tip: walking in our pool! The windows offer terrific light exposure and walking in the pool is easy on your joints. Two birds, one stone!

Try a new hobby: Having something new to focus on from your usual routine can help take your mind off the doldrum of this quieter season. It’s a great time to learn a new language or read a book you’ve been putting off. Perhaps you can try a new craft like knitting or attend an art class? Shaking up your routine can help! We are currently offering a Spanish language course three times a week!

Ask for help: If you truly feel like you can’t shake your feelings of sadness and struggle to get through your day, please consult a health care provider. They could provide more medically necessary treatments. Resources for Older Adults | SAMHSA