Cutting Down on SAD After Moving to Denver

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs thrilling 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). Especially if your move has brought you a place where winter season is actually a thing--for instance if you've gone from Texas to Oregon-you must be ready for some seasonal anxiety and learn how to manage it till the springtime thaw.

In case you remember anything pertaining to high school geography, the farther north you are, the less daytime you will find throughout the fall and winter seasons. The brief days usually come together with dark dull days, so that it seems like the sun hardly shines for months at a time. This is when all you wish to do is hibernate--stay at home, nap, binge watch movies, and just avoid the human race. For those who have just moved across the country and are in a new place, and you haven't actually established a new normal routine as yet, it is quicker to fall into the clutches of seasonal depression. Therefore, here is how it is possible to treat it from home, or a couple of solutions a professional could advise if you cannot keep it at bay without any help.

One point--SAD is actually a thing--the Mayo Clinic handles it, and also the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) incorporates it. Should you feel the symptoms of depression that come with winter months, find treatment 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 treatment, so it's worth a consideration. You'll need a light box which releases at least 10,000 lux (lux factors in the intensity of the light). Sit by the box--around 16 and 24 inches away from you--while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee, not looking head on at the light source but with your eyes open. Ensure the light box is made specifically for SAD treatment, because it will filter UV light.

Simple things--higher-watt light bulbs, opening window blinds during the day, and sitting by a window at your workplace, if possible--that expose you to additional light may 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 sunshine you possibly can into the home.

Get Outdoors

Take a stroll, eat your lunch break outside--anything to take in a handful of weak winter season sun light. Even just a minimal boost of Vitamin D is ideal for you and also going out-of-doors for a small stroll takes care of that as well as getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on cloudy days--packs a bigger wallop compared to weak mid-day sun, so try to go out to start off your day.

Workout and Socialize

Being active is the default method for helping any variety of depression--it gets the endorphins working, which helps reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. In the event that your new residence is in a locale where wintertime sports are widespread, take up a new activity--snow boarding, ice skating, perhaps ice fishing. Make an effort to get out and interact socially, even if it's only eating a meal or having coffee with associates.

Professional Intervention

In the event your SAD lasts once you have tried to keep it in check by yourself, please get a medical professional's guidance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will do a comprehensive assessment of your mental and physical health and determine whether your symptoms are actually seasonal or the roots of a more persistent depression. One of the primary questions they'll 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 lengthier and more comfortable. For now, please get therapy for your SAD so you can have fun with your health in your new house after moving to Denver.

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