While the winter season is synonymous with the holidays, once they’re over, one may be left feeling upset because all the fun and enjoyment has ended. In fact, it is more than the end of the festivities that make about 10-20% of Americans upset in January.
Seasonal affective disorder is to blame.
This is a mild form of depression that happens when there are less hours of natural sunlight during the winter period. The dark days and diminished exposure to sunlight make some people experience moods analogous to depression. Senior citizens are at an increased risk of developing this condition because they have lesser movements and interact with fewer people compared to younger populations.
Budget Pharmacy recommends the following tips to help our customers’ combat January blues:
Spend as much time as you can outdoors as the weather permits: This allows you to enjoy the little natural sunlight available and improve the way you feel.
Regular exercise: You should develop a good exercise routine that reduces your stagnant hours. Exercise stimulates release of endorphins; the ‘feel-good’ hormones that help reduce depression.
Spending time with people: Being around people you love and care about helps boost the mood and stimulates people to do what they delight in.
Regulate your dietary habits: Make good eating habits such as eating nuts, seeds and fruits. These substances have a positive impact on mental health. It is common to crave foods rich in sugar, carbohydrates and fat in these periods. Avoid them. They only offer temporary relief. The long-term effect is increased moodiness.
Take vitamin D, folate and B6 supplements: These address the nutritional function of lack of sunlight. Other supplements include fish oil and melatonin.
Find an activity that stimulates your emotions: This can be painting, reading, swimming or giving back to the community.
Deliberate getting artificial light treatment: This includes using a light box and maximizing on the sunlight available by installing windows in the places of residence and work.
If you’re feeling the effects of “Winter Blues”, don’t hesitate to visit us or call us at (713) 694-3785 to discuss your options.
-Budget Pharmacy team.