Happy Fall Y’all and soon-to-be winter! Many people love the change of seasons with the vibrant colors, brisk winds, and increased opportunities to relax indoors. This may sound great to some, but people struggle this time of year due to changes in their moods. In the past this was called cabin fever, however, now in health care, it is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The most common symptoms may include but are not limited to:
Feelings of isolation
SAD may be a yearly change to some people or something new.
Here are some simple lifestyle hacks to help with SAD:
- Changing light bulbs to a brighter light and turning them on earlier in the evening before it gets dark
- Daily exercise
- A sleep ritual with routine bedtime and wake time
- Schedule visits with friends and family to have something to look forward to.
- Change in decoration at home and/or work including bright fabrics, more lights, anything that makes your space feel bright, uplifting, and comfortable.
Lastly, sometimes seasonal medication use and or counseling may be necessary for cases that do not respond to lifestyle changes. For prolonged symptoms please contact your provider as there may be other causes for symptoms. For further information please contact Total Healthcare. We will be happy to help.
May your upcoming seasons and holidays be Happy and Healthy!