Overcoming the Blues
When the weather has been so snowy and cold for as long as it has been this year, it has a way of making some of us feel depressed and not wanting to do anything. This can be a very normal response and understandable given the circumstances. For those who suffer from clinical depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the sunlight and warm weather can’t get here soon enough. It takes more energy to do daily functions and put on a happy, positive face. You may ask yourself “What am I supposed to do?” For the average person it just means that you have to look at your environment a little more differently and figure out how to bring the sunshine and happiness into your life amidst all the snow and grey cloudy skies. It is about creating a positive outlook, making plans, listening to music that makes you feel good, going for a walk, laughing with friends and neighbors about the “snow” again, ect. We can get so bogged down with all of the negativity and hype about the snow, but where is it really getting us in the end. If you are able to take advantage of a snow day home, ENJOY it even if it means doing nothing all day. Look at it as an opportunity to catch up on things, watch movies, scrapbook, bake cookies, try to a new recipe, make some homemade soup…..If you have children go outside and play in the snow…
For those who suffer from clinical depression and SAD your situation may be a little different because you have a chemical imbalance that normally requires some psychotropic medications and light therapy. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to make plans with friends or family and to get out of your house when you are able to. If you aren’t able to or you are alone I suggest that you bundle yourself up and go sit on your front porch and get some fresh air and hopefully with any luck the sun will come out and shine upon you. Even if it is for 5 minutes you will feel better. Take a quick walk up and down the driveway as long as it is clear from snow and ice. Invest in some good snow boots so you could take a short walk even for 2 minutes. The hardest thing to do is to get moving and free yourself from the feelings of depression. I have counseled many clients who have suffered from depression and understand on some level the mental anguish that happens and how debilitating it can be. What I do know is that with support and help from others you can manage your depression and on good days really feel GOOD.
All of us have our personal struggles in our life; it is what we do with this knowledge that frees us from the rest. Life can be hard but sometimes we can get in our own way and make things more difficult than what they need to be because for most of us asking for help is not easy or comfortable and staying right where we are at has become the answer. So if you want to be happier ask yourself what would make you happy and ask for help.