By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
As thrilling as moving to El Paso may be, at some point the moving high fades away and you come back to ground along with a great big thud. If re-entry is throughout the winter months, it can cause seasonal depression--also referred to as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Specially if your move has brought you somewhere where wintertime is actually a thing--like if you have gone from Arizona to Minnesota-you need to be ready for some seasonal anxious feelings and understand how to deal with it till the springtime thaw.
Should you recall anything about high school geography, the further north you travel, the less sunlight you will find throughout the winter and fall seasons. The shorter days frequently go hand in hand with gloomy gray days, so that it seems like the sun hardly shines for many days at a stretch. This is when just about all you'd like to do is hibernate--stay home, snooze, binge watch movies, and just avoid the human race. If you have recently moved across the country and are in a new location, and you have not actually established a new routine still, it is quicker to get caught in the clutches of seasonal depressive disorder. Thus, here's how it is possible to treat it from home, or a couple of treatments a pro might recommend if you're unable to keep it from escalating by yourself.
One note--SAD is indeed a thing--the Mayo Clinic handles it, as well as the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) incorporates it. If you feel the symptoms of depressive disorder that come with winter season, seek intervention if you've had the signs and symptoms before.
Brighten Your Environment
Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for lots of people with SAD. It is a uncomplicated procedure that researchers think changes your brain balance with half hour per day of exposure; There are no substantial adverse effects and it's a home remedy, so it is worth a chance. You will want a light box that releases no less than 10,000 lux (lux factors in the concentration of the lighting). Relax by the box--approximately 16 to 24 inches away--while you drink your morning cup of coffee, not gazing exactly at the light but with your eyes open. Make sure the light box is made specifically for SAD therapy, because it will remove Ultra-violet light.
Simple things--higher-watt bulbs, opening window coverings every day, and sitting by a window at work, if possible--that get you to more light can have a detectable benefit. Trim back any shrub limbs that dangle over your home to allow in more natural light, and investigate putting in skylights to allow all the natural light you'll be able to to the home.
Go for a walk, enjoy your lunch break outside--anything to take in some weak winter season sun. Even a minimal boost of Vitamin D is wonderful for you and also going out-of-doors for a small stroll satisfies that in addition to getting your heart rate up. Early morning sun--even on cloudy days--packs a greater wallop as opposed to weak afternoon light, so strive to get out to get going with your day.
Workout and Make Friends
Working out is the standard method for helping any variety of depression--it gets the endorphins flowing, which in turn eases the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety. If perhaps your new home happens to be in a location where wintertime sporting activities are prevalent, find a new pastime--snow boarding, ice skating, perhaps ice fishing. Try to go outside and interact socially, even if it's only enjoying a meal or having a cup of coffee with acquaintances.
In the event your SAD continues after you've tried to manage it yourself, I highly recommend you obtain a doctor's help. A psychologist or psychiatrist can do a thorough examination of your physical and mental well-being and evaluate whether your signs and symptoms are actually seasonal or perhaps the roots of a more persistent depressive disorder. Among the first questions they will likely ask is if any other family members are susceptible to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Treatment options might be talk therapy, relaxation or meditation, or even a short-term prescription for antidepressants.
Do not forget that as wintertime gives way to springtime, so will your SAD lessen as the days get a bit longer as well as more comfortable. Meanwhile, please seek treatment for your SAD so you can have fun with your wellbeing in your new home after moving to El Paso.
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