While there are many who suffer from clinical depression year-round, some are only affected during the winter months. This is categorized as seasonal presentation of depression, commonly referred to as “the winter blues”. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, difficulty concentrating, loss of or increased appetite, or disturbed sleeping pattern.
There are several ways to keep the winter blues at bay:
• Spend time outside
• Put a UV light in your car or home
• Spend time with friends and family—don’t isolate
• Make sure your diet includes fruits and vegetables
• Listen to upbeat music or watch lighthearted, humorous television
While it may seem difficult to spend more time outdoors in the winter weather, even taking a short walk or running errands during daylight hours can make a difference. If your symptoms seem to worsen or last longer than usual, see a doctor or therapist. Please call us at (215) 487-1330 or email us at Greenridge@intercommunityaction.org for more information about our counseling services.
Author: Jocyln Malys, M.S.