Cutting Down on SAD Following 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 goes away and you come back to ground along with a great big thud. And when re-entry is over the winter time, it can result in 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 gone from Florida to Maine-you need to be prepared for some seasonal anxiety symptoms and learn how to keep it in check until the springtime thaw.

If you recall anything at all pertaining to high school geography, the further north you go, the less daylight there will be during the fall and winter periods. The short days frequently go hand in hand with gloomy gray days, so that it may seem like the sun never shines for weeks at a stretch. Then virtually all you want to do is hibernate--stay home, nap, binge watch movies, and simply avoid 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 still, it is much easier to get caught in the clutches of seasonal depressive disorder. Thus, here's how you can deal with it at home, or a couple of therapies a qualified professional could advise if you're unable to keep it at bay by yourself.

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

Brighten up Your Environment

Light Healing

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

Simple things--higher-watt lights, opening curtains in the daytime, 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 home to let in more natural light, and research putting in skylights to allow all the sun you possibly can to the home.

Get Outdoors

Take a walk, enjoy your lunch outside--anything to take in some weak winter season sun. Even a small boost of Vitamin D is wonderful for you and going outside for a brief walk handles that as well as getting your heart rate up. Early morning sun--even on cloudy days--packs more of a wallop versus the weak afternoon light, so strive to get outdoors to start your day.

Exercise and Make Friends

Exercise is the default process for helping almost any depression--it gets the endorphins working, which in turn relieves the outward symptoms of stress and anxiety. If perhaps your new house happens to be in an area where cold weather sports activities are widespread, take up a new pastime--snow skiing, ice skating, even ice fishing. Make an effort to get out and connect with others, even if it is simply having supper or having a cup of coffee with acquaintances.

Professional Intervention

Should your SAD continues after you've attempted to regulate it yourself, you should seek a physician's help. A psychologist or psychiatrist can do a comprehensive evaluation of your physical and mental health and determine if your signs and symptoms are truly seasonal or the roots of a more chronic depression. One of 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 perhaps short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Remember 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 therapy for your SAD in order to enjoy your wellbeing in your new residence after moving to Colorado Springs.

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