Steering clear of SAD Following Moving to Little Rock

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs thrilling as moving to Little Rock is, sooner or later the moving high goes away and you return to this planet with a great big thud. If re-entry is throughout the winter months, it can lead to seasonal depression--also called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Particularly if your move has brought you somewhere where winter season is indeed a thing--like if you've moved from Arizona to Oregon-you need to be prepared for some seasonal anxiety symptoms and learn how to manage it through to the spring thaw.

Should you recall anything about high school geography, the further north you are, the less sunshine there will be throughout the winter and fall times. The brief days usually come together with dark gray days, so that it may seem like the sun never shines for many days at a stretch. Then all you want to do is hibernate--stay home, sleep, binge watch movies, and simply avoid the human race. When you have just moved across the country and are in a new location, and you haven't actually established a new routine still, it is much easier to fall into the grip of seasonal depression. Thus, here's how you can address it from your own home, or a few treatments a pro may prescribe if you can't keep it at bay on your own.

One note--SAD is indeed a thing--the Mayo Clinic treats it, and the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) contains it. Should you feel the signs and symptoms of depressive disorder that come with winter time, seek treatment in case you have had the signs and symptoms previously.

Add light to Your Environment

Light Treatments

Phototherapy is the miraculous bullet for many individuals with SAD. It is a basic therapy that professionals believe transforms your brain balance with half hour per day of exposure; There are no real adverse effects and it's a home therapy, so it is worth an attempt. You will want a light box that releases at least 10,000 lux (lux factors in the concentration of the lighting). Sit by the box--between 16 and 24 inches away from you--while you enjoy your morning coffee, not gazing straight at the light but with your eyes open. Make sure the light box is made particularly for SAD therapy, as it will remove UV light.

Hassle-free things--higher-watt light bulbs, opening window coverings during the day, and sitting by a window where you work, if possible--that expose you to more light may have a recognizable benefit. Cut back any tree limbs that hang across your house to allow in more natural light, and investigate installing skylights to let all the natural light you can to the home.

Go Outside

Take a stroll, eat your lunch time outside--anything to absorb a handful of weak wintertime sun. Even just a little increase of Vitamin D is good for you and also heading out-of-doors for a short stroll takes care of that as well as getting your heart rate up. Early morning sun--even on overcast days--packs a greater wallop as opposed to weak mid-day sunshine, so try to head outside to begin your day.

Workout and Connect with Others

Being active is the default protocol for helping any variety of depression--it gets the endorphins flowing, which in turn helps reduce the signs and symptoms of tension and anxiety. If perhaps your new house is in a locale where cold weather sports activities are common, find a new hobby--snow skiing, ice skating, maybe ice fishing. Strive to go outside and socialize, even if it is simply enjoying dinner or having coffee with acquaintances.

Professional Intervention

In the event your SAD lasts when you have attempted to manage it yourself, you should obtain a physician's guidance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will perform an in depth assessment of your physical and mental wellness and evaluate whether your symptoms are truly seasonal or the beginnings of a more severe depression. One of the first questions they will ask is if any additional family members are susceptible to SAD--it is assumed to be hereditary. Treatments might be talk therapy, relaxation or meditation, or possibly a short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Do not forget that as winter gives way to springtime, so will your SAD decrease as the days get lengthier as well as warmer. In the meantime, please get therapy for your SAD in order to delight in your wellbeing in your new home after moving to Little Rock.

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