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SAD treatment tips to help in winter

From Christy Morris, Hosparus of Green River

The topic at the February Adair County Caregivers meeting was SAD (seasonal affective disorder). There are many treatment options to manage seasonal depression, many of which you can do yourself, without medical attention.

Take walks during the day to increase your sunlight exposure. Being outside during the day helps you feel energized.

Let in as much sunlight as possible into your bedroom in the morning when you wake up.

Don't give in to cravings for heavy carbohydrates. Carbs increase your likelihood for seasonal depression.

Eat proteins and B-vitamins (such as those found in dark leafy green vegetables) as dietary adjustments.

Remain active and increase endorphins in your blood stream, even when the weather may not be motivational.

If you do not enjoy exercising, consider dancing in your room, or trying yoga.

Always remember the importance of socializing. Increasing socialization can make you feel more connected and appreciated.

Seasonal depression is sometimes confused with other, more serious conditions. If you are unsure, visit your doctor. Taking care of yourself is an ongoing process that demands priority!

This story was posted on 2023-02-16 03:36:01
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At the February Caregivers meeting

2023-02-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Betty Judd.
Christy Morris, second from left, shared ideas for helping with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at the February Adair Caregivers meeting. She announced a new grief support group will begin at Hosparus of Green River on March 7th. It will be free and will meet each first and third Tuesday at 6pmET at 462 N Bypass, Campbellsville.

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