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Winter Blues Don't Go Away?

Winter Blues Don't Go Away?

What happens if your winter blues just won’t go away? I hate to break it to you, but those “winter blues” may be seasonal depression, and it’s very real. The difference between winter blues and seasonal depression is just like the difference between experiencing sadness and experiencing depression, one more easily managed than the other. Winter blues may look like sadness during the cold, dark winter months, lack of motivation, maybe even trouble sleeping. Those who live in colder states are more likely to experience the winter blues, coming mostly from being stuck indoors and time changes making it dark outdoors much earlier. This is much different than struggling with seasonal depression, however, and treatment may be necessary if you or someone you know is struggling.

Symptoms of Seasonal Depression

If your winter blues aren’t going away, and you find yourself experiencing any of these other symptoms, or is very possible you have seasonal depression. Seasonal depression, also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a form of depression and should be treated like such, it can be very serious if not taken care of properly and in a timely manner.

  • Feeling low in energy, or sluggish

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Social withdrawal

  • Excessive sleepiness or difficulty sleeping

  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty

  • Having thoughts of not wanting to live

Try Different Remedies for Seasonal Depression

  • Try light therapy: Light therapy is a great way to naturally boost your mood during the darker, colder months. While there are not many side effects, always consult a Dr. before receiving any kind of treatment as it is not permitted while on certain medications or if you have certain health issues.

  • Exercise: Getting your body moving is one of the best ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Even just 30 minutes a day will make a huge difference in your overall mood.

  • Eat a well balanced diet: Getting the proper nutrition and vitamins that your body needs will give you energy that you need to get through a day. You may find that this helps with your sleep.

Seek Professional Help

If your winter blues don’t go away, there may be more behind you feeling down. Your winter blues may have turned into seasonal depression, and it’s time to find a therapist. Meeting with a professional to ensure you’re getting the help you need will get you feeling more like yourself, especially so you can enjoy life fully and the joys of the warmer months to come. Visit our website to book a consultation call today.

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