Do you identify yourself with the barren tree that you pass by everyday as you go to office? Fragile, feeling ‘numbed’ with naked and vulnerable emotions! Come winter and your friends and colleagues find it weird as the otherwise jovial and enthusiast you turn into a depressed, agitated and fatigue individual. But it’s time you flipped over the ‘mood’ button! Let your spirit stay radiant and mirthful as you gear up to fight when the winter blue hits!
But in order to fight the depressive state of mind, you are required to stay aware about its symptoms so that you can fight back winter depression before it can make you sink!
Symptoms That ‘Spell’ Winter Blues
- Depressed Mood
- A feeling of morning sickness or difficulty in waking up in the morning
- Lack of interest in the otherwise interesting activities
- Social withdrawal
- Lack of Concentration
- Sleep Disorder
- Weight Gain
- Behavioral Disturbances
- Low libido
- Thoughts of Self-harm, death or suicide.
These symptoms are experienced by up to 3% U.S. population during winter and 6.7% of the population suffers from these all through the year and the intensity of these symptoms get worse during winter.
Once you’re diagnosed with winter blues how do you…
fight back the blues?
- Exercise! It will keep you fit and healthy and relieve you of stress. You will have optimum energy throughout the day with elevated metabolism.
- Diet- it is very important that nutritional intake is healthy and balanced. Avoid processed foods and veggies; instead incorporate loads of veggies, fruits and at least 8 cups of water.
- Go out in the sun; it provides ample Vitamin D which affects the brain neurotransmitters that regulate the mood. Use “full spectrum” bulbs in your home.
- Stick on to your healthy resolutions like exercising and no-smoking; these make you less likely to get affected by depression.
- Don’t take refuge in alcohol; it may actually make you more depressed.
- Pamper yourself; don’t fear the winters, go out and do something exciting. How about a weekend tailgating with your closest pals?
- Relax; you are too busy with work and work. Get some rest and do nothing. It is not that bad to get some more day one day or read a magazine that does not require a lot of concentration.
- Winter is not so bad; all that snowboarding, ice skating, how about holding a snowballing contest?
- Social support- it is very important to talk about your problems to your family and friends. Request them to spare more time for you. You cannot imagine the happiness that a simple phone call can provide.
You can also seek help from the Norman E. Rosenthal’s much popular book, Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder: What It Is and How to Overcome It. Keep it handy and from time to time, get informed on:
- The different ways to treat SAD; anti-depressants and light therapy
- Nutrition to fight SAD
- How to fight all year round SAD?
- Self test to evaluate your own SAD level
It is because this book covers winter blues so extensively, therefore despite being new; consumers have loved it completely and given it a high 4.5 star out of 5 at Amazon.
No doubt, winter blues is very much depressing and trying. But it is very important to remain motivated; because it is only you who can make the change!