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WINTER IS COMING: HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE WINTER BLUES AND S.A.D.

Summer is over, back-to-school sales have come and gone, and the darkness has begun creeping in earlier and earlier each day.

There are endless reasons to love autumn — hello, cozy sweaters, and sweetened seasonal drinks — but with fall comes winter following close behind. Once winter hits, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, can become a difficult force to fight. You’re no longer spending as much time outside. Meaning there are fewer people out and about. The feeling of isolation is all but a given.

According to The Cleveland Clinic, “You may not be able to prevent the first episode of SAD. But once your provider has diagnosed you with seasonal depression, you can take steps to better manage it or even prevent it from coming back.”

Here are The Cleveland Clinic’s seven ways to fight SAD: also called “The Winter Blues,”:

  • Use your lightbox: Start using light therapy at the beginning of the fall before you feel SAD symptoms.
  • Get out: Spend time outside every day, even if it’s cloudy. Daylight can help you feel better.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet: Even though your body may crave starchy and sweet foods, stick to nutritious choices. A healthy diet with enough vitamins and minerals can give you the proper nutrition and energy you need.
  • Get Moving: Try to get 30 minutes of movement at least three times a week. Exercise relieves stress and anxiety, which can play a role in your SAD symptoms.
  • See friends: Stay involved with your social circle and regular activities. They can provide support during the winter months.
  • Find help: Consider seeing a mental health professional who’s trained in CBT. This treatment can be very effective for seasonal affective disorder.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider: Always keep your primary physician up to date on your symptoms, treatments, and goals. Remember you are not alone.

If you or someone you know is struggling with your mental health, give us a call. We are here to provide education, information, and support.

Our program is an intensive outpatient therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals typically 65 and older experiencing depression and/or anxiety related to life changes that are often associated with aging.

Anyone can make a referral to our program, including self- referrals, primary care physicians, specialists, family members, friends, community groups, and nursing or residential facilities.

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the patients we serve. If you would like more information, education, or would like to discuss support for yourself or a loved one, please call us at 785-364-9610.