During the fall and winter months, and particularly after the holidays have come and gone, many people suffer from a type of depression that is characteristic during this time of year. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, strikes many people as the weather turns colder.  If you think you might be suffering from SAD, it’s best to make an appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms and possible treatment.  In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to lift your spirits and avoid dwelling in the winter blues for too long.

Socialize

Socializing is a key component of combating the sadness you might be feeling.  It can be tempting to want to cuddle up on the couch under a blanket and “drown your sorrows” in a container of ice cream.  However, the best thing for you to do is surround yourself with people you care about, and who also care about you.

Manage Your Stress

You might find that you’re particularly prone to getting stressed out.  There are many ways you can help manage your stress more efficiently when you find yourself getting overwhelmed. Take a walk or turn on some music that you can listen to with your eyes closed.  Different techniques work better for different people.  Do some experimenting and find out what works best for you.

Plan A Trip

Though it might be difficult for you to plan a lengthy vacation in a warm and tropical climate during this time of year, why not plan a shorter vacation that’s not too far away from home?  Even if you can go somewhere that’s a little warmer and more sunny than your hometown, it will help relieve some of your symptoms.  In fact, any type of trip will help lighten your mood and bring a little “sunshine” into your life.  Even if it’s only a day trip with a close friend.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a serious condition.  Being proactive can help alleviate your symptoms, but it’s important to consult with a doctor to get a professional opinion on any type of treatment you might need.

For more information on what you can do to combat depression or for any other medical concerns you might have, contact us today.

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