Tips For Fighting the Winter Blues

Tips For Fighting the Winter BluesThe winter months can become more anxiety-ridden to many because of the idea of family reunions, busier schedules or simply because of the weather. Seasonal depression typically occurs due to the lack of sunshine. Gloomy skies can have an affect on mental health according to the National Institute of Mental Health

Symptoms of winter blues are (but not limited to):

  • Feeling sluggish
  • Insomnia 
  • Overeating 
  • Social withdraw
  • Decreased interest of normal activities 
  • Brain fog

With this being said, here are a few ways to fight off the winter blues. Light therapy has been highly suggested for the reason being that brightening up your home or room can almost mimic the sunlight that our minds need in order to stay in a happier mood. At Kessmann Functional & Concierge Medicine they encourage patients to carry a notepad and a pen with them so that they can write their to-do lists to help alleviate symptoms of a brain fog by improving their memory. 

The Great Life Counseling Center also has great doctors such as Dr. Nikki Stillo who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders amongst others. Seeing a therapist can be very beneficial because a therapist can give you unbiased advice, guidance and exercises (figuratively and literally) to help the mental block that you are facing. 

Self-care is very important when it comes to mental health. You have to take care of yourself in order to properly function in all aspects of your life. This does not mean that you have to participate in elaborate routines, however, it does mean that you should take a few minutes each day and focus solely on your needs or wants. Whether that means spending 5-10 minutes in your room just taking deep breaths, going on a walk, reading a book or catching up on your favorite show. Another suggestion is by booking an appointment with Skin Damsel Aesthetics to get a facial done or other treatments just to indulge in relaxation at a spa.  

Last piece of advice,  if you feel that you are over-committing during the holiday times, saying no to outings or events is perfectly fine because that within itself is self-care. Remember to stay hydrated, look for ways that help you stay stress-free and lastly, remember to take one day at a time!

 

Kessmann Functional % Concierge Medicine

12240 Inwood Road Suite 500

Dallas, Texas 75244

 

Great Life Counseling Center

14275 Midway Rd Suite 260

Addison, TX 75001

 

Skin Damsel Aesthetics

4801 Spring Valley Rd. Ste 80

Dallas, Tx 75244

 

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