How to Beat the Winter Blues
Are you stuck in a winter slump? Are the short, cold and dark days taking a toll on you mentally and emotionally? If so, this may just be the typical winter blues. However, there is also something called SAD, which stands for season affective disorder. SAD is a form of depression that changes in seasons. This condition typically starts in early fall and ends when spring is beginning but is under-diagnosed because it can be confused with other mood disorders. Aside from being active and taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually, doctors may also prescribe anti-depressants in order top help overcome mood instability.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the US experiences mental illness in a given year. There is often negative connotation regarding this illness, and it is certainly something that should be addressed in a different fashion, so the individuals suffering can feel accepted and cared for. Your mental health plays a large role in your physical appearance as well. People cope differently, and this could either lead to gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, a lack of exercise, bad breakouts and a severe loss of self-confidence. Seeking assistance and receiving the service one needs is the strongest thing he or she could do. If you know of anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness, GR8SKN asks you to please be supportive and contact someone who can help.
5 Steps To Overcoming SAD This Winter:
Get natural light in the morning: As soon as you wake up, open your curtains and take in the light. You may want to avoid blinds so the light will shine bright and early.
Socialize! Get out and have some fun! Do something that will distract you and put a smile on your face!
Try counseling: If symptoms are getting worse, seek counseling as an outlet. This is a safe place to vent and let out all your emotions.
Exercise: Exercise is often therapeutic. Go on a long run to get your thoughts out. Staying active is always essential to mental and physical health.
Meditate: This is a time for relaxation and positive thoughts!
INFO FROM: Randi Piccizo, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), of Conshohocken Counseling Services. www.conshohockencounseling.com.