Cutting Down on SAD After Moving to Denver

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs exciting as moving to Denver has been, eventually the moving high goes away and you return to this planet with a great big thud. 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 a place where winter is actually a thing--for instance if you've moved from Arizona to Oregon-you need to be ready for some seasonal anxiety symptoms and learn how to manage it till the springtime thaw.

In case you recall anything pertaining to high school geography, the farther north you are, the less daytime you will find throughout the fall and winter times. The short days usually come together with dark dull days, so that it may seem like the sun hardly shines for many days on end. This is when just about all you want to do is hibernate--stay at home, nap, binge watch movies online, and merely avoid the human race. For those who have just moved across the country and are in a new place, and you have not really established a new normal routine as yet, it's quicker to fall into the clutches of seasonal depression. So, here is how you can treat it from home, or a couple of solutions a professional could advise if you can't keep it under control without any help.

One thing--SAD is actually a thing--the Mayo Clinic handles it, and also the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) incorporates it. If you feel the symptoms of depression that come with winter season, find therapy if you have had the signs and symptoms previously.

Brighten Your Surroundings

Light Healing

Phototherapy is the miraculous bullet for lots of people with SAD. It is a straightforward treatment which scientists think modifies your brain balance with 30 minutes a day of exposure; You won't notice any substantial adverse effects and it is a home remedy, so it's worth a consideration. You will need a light box which releases at least 10,000 lux (lux factors in the concentration of the light). Sit down by the box--around 16 and 24 inches away from you--while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee, not looking straight at the light source but with your eyes open. Make certain the light box is made particularly for SAD treatment, because it will filter UV light.

Basic things--higher-watt light bulbs, opening blinds in the daytime, and sitting by a window at your workplace, if possible--that get you to more light will have a notable benefit. Trim back any tree limbs that hang across your residence to let in additional natural light, and explore incorporating skylights to allow all the natural light you possibly can into the house.

Go Outdoors

Take a stroll, consume your lunch break outside--anything to take in a handful of weak winter sun light. Even just a little boost of Vitamin D is ideal for you and also going out-of-doors for a small stroll handles that as well as getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on cloudy days--packs a bigger wallop versus the weak mid-day sun, so make an effort to get out to start off your day.

Workout and Make Friends

Being active is the default method for helping any variety of depression--it gets the endorphins running, which in turn eases the outward symptoms of stress and anxiety. If your new residence is in a place where winter sports activities are widespread, take up a new activity--snow boarding, ice skating, perhaps ice fishing. Make an effort to get out and connect with others, even if it's only eating dinner or having coffee with associates.

Professional Intervention

In the event your SAD lasts after you've tried to keep it in check by yourself, please get a medical professional's guidance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will do a comprehensive evaluation of your mental and physical health and determine whether your symptoms are really seasonal or the roots of a more persistent depression. One of the primary questions they will ask is if any other family members are subject to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Treatment solutions could be talk therapy, relaxation or meditating, or possibly a short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Keep in mind that as the winter season gives way to spring, so will your SAD lessen as the days get longer and warmer. For now, please get treatment for your SAD to help you have fun with your health in your new house after moving to Denver.

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