Depending on where you live, winter may be almost over (if it came in the first place). If you live anywhere near me, you may have another couple of months to go. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can have impacts on people at various times through the fall and winter. Here are a few tips from Psychology Today to help with SAD.
Treatment for SAD
You may be able to treat mild symptoms of SAD yourself:
· Bright sunlight—especially in the morning—and outdoor activity can help boost your mood. Going for a walk before work or during your lunch break may help alleviate some of the problem.
· Find some enjoyable wintertime activities. Participating in outdoor activities like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing can reduce negative feelings about the winter months.
· Bright light therapy is another effective option. A specially-designed light box can simulate sunshine and regulate your body's internal clock. Similar to a bright spring day, daily exposure to the bright light may be able to prevent the body from producing too much melatonin.
· Cognitive behavior therapy and medication may also be effective in reducing symptoms. These therapies may be used in combination, or combined with bright light therapy.
See the full article from Psychology Today HERE
Sean Maynard, CMHC