Cutting Down on SAD After Moving to Colorado Springs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs exhilarating as moving to Colorado Springs may be, eventually the moving high disappears and you come back to ground along with a great big thud. And when re-entry is over the winter time, it can lead to seasonal depression--also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Particularly if your move has brought you somewhere where winter is actually a thing--such as if you've moved from Florida to Maine-you must be prepared for some seasonal anxiety and learn how to manage it until the springtime thaw.

If you recall anything at all pertaining to high school geography, the more north you travel, the less daylight there will be during the fall and winter periods. The short days frequently go hand in hand with dismal gray days, so that it seems like the sun never shines for days at a stretch. Then virtually all you want to do is hibernate--stay home, nap, binge watch movies, and simply steer clear of the human race. If you have recently moved across the country and are in a new place, and you have not yet essentially settled into a new normal routine yet, it is much easier to get caught in the clutches of seasonal depressive disorder. Thus, here's how it is possible to deal with it at home, or a couple of therapies a qualified professional could advise if you're unable to keep it under control on your own.

One thing--SAD is indeed a thing--the Mayo Clinic treats it, and also the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) includes it. Should you feel the symptoms of depressive disorder that come with winter time, find therapy in case you have had the outward symptoms in the past.

Brighten up Your Environment

Light Healing

Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for lots of people with SAD. It is a simple treatment that professionals think changes your brain chemistry with 30 minutes a day of exposure; There aren't any substantial adverse effects and it's a home treatment, so it is worth an attempt. You will need a light box that produces no less than 10,000 lux (lux factors in the power of the light). Sit by the box--around 16 and 24 inches away--while you drink your morning coffee, not gazing exactly at the light source but with your eyes open. Ensure the box is made particularly for SAD therapy, because it will get rid of Ultraviolet light.

Simple things--higher-watt lights, opening curtains during the day, and sitting by a window at your workplace, if possible--that expose you to extra light could have a noticeable benefit. Trim back any shrub limbs that dangle over your house to let in more natural light, and research putting in skylights to allow all the sun you possibly can to the home.

Get Outside

Go for a walk, enjoy your lunch time outside--anything to take in a few weak winter season sun. Even a small boost of Vitamin D is good for you and getting outdoors for a short walk takes care of that in addition to getting your heart rate up. Early morning sun--even on gloomy days--packs a greater wallop compared to weak afternoon sun, so strive to get outdoors to start your day.

Exercise and Socialize

Exercise is the standard process for helping any kind of depression--it gets the endorphins running, which in turn relieves the symptoms of anxiety. If perhaps your new house happens to be in an area where cold weather sports activities are prevalent, take up a new hobby--snow skiing, ice skating, even ice fishing. Attempt to get out and connect with others, even if it's just enjoying supper or having a cup of coffee with acquaintances.

Professional Intervention

Should your SAD continues after you've attempted to deal with it yourself, please get a doctor's assistance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will do a comprehensive assessment of your physical and mental wellness and determine if your signs and symptoms are truly seasonal or the roots of a more chronic depression. Among the first questions they will likely ask is if any different family members are subject to SAD--it is assumed to be hereditary. Treatment options might be talk therapy, relaxation or meditating, or possibly a short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Keep in mind that as wintertime gives way to spring, so will your SAD lessen as the days get longer and much more enjoyable. In the meantime, please seek treatment for your SAD in order to enjoy your wellbeing in your new residence after moving to Colorado Springs.

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