Avoiding SAD After Moving to Killeen

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs thrilling as moving to Killeen has been, sooner or later the moving high fades away and you come back to ground along with a great big thud. If re-entry is throughout the winter season, it can cause seasonal depression--also termed SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Specially if your move has brought you somewhere where wintertime is actually a thing--like if you have moved from Texas to Maine-you need to be ready for some seasonal anxious feelings and understand how to deal with it until the springtime thaw.

If you remember anything about high school geography, the further north you travel, the less sunlight there is throughout the winter and fall times. The shorter days seem to go hand in hand with gloomy gray days, so that it seems like the sun hardly shines for many days at a stretch. This is when just about all you'd like to do is hibernate--stay home, snooze, binge watch movies online, and just steer clear of the human race. When you have recently moved across the country and are in a new place, and you have not actually established a new routine yet, it is quicker to get caught in the clutches of seasonal depressive disorder. Thus, here's how you can address it at home, or a couple of treatments a pro may prescribe if you're unable to keep it from escalating by yourself.

One note--SAD is indeed a thing--the Mayo Clinic handles it, as well as the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) incorporates it. If you feel the signs and symptoms of depressive disorder that come with winter season, seek intervention if you have had the signs and symptoms before.

Brighten Your Environment

Light Treatments

Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for lots of people with SAD. It is a straightforward procedure that scientists think changes your brain balance with half hour per day of exposure; There are no substantial adverse effects and it's a home treatment, so it is worth a chance. You will want a light box that releases no less than 10,000 lux (lux factors in the intensity of the lighting). Relax by the box--approximately 16 to 24 inches away--while you drink your morning coffee, not gazing exactly at the light but with your eyes open. Make sure the light box is made particularly for SAD therapy, because it will remove UV light.

Basic things--higher-watt light bulbs, opening window coverings every day, and sitting by a window at your workplace, if possible--that get you to more light can have a detectable benefit. Trim back any shrub limbs that dangle over your house to allow in more natural light, and investigate installing skylights to allow all the natural light you'll be able to to the home.

Get Out-of-doors

Go for a walk, enjoy your lunch break outside--anything to take in a few weak winter sun. Even a little boost of Vitamin D is wonderful for you and also going out-of-doors for a small stroll satisfies that as well as getting your heart rate up. Early morning sun--even on cloudy days--packs more of a wallop as opposed to weak afternoon light, so strive to get outside to get going with your day.

Workout and Make Friends

Working out is the default method for helping any variety of depression--it gets the endorphins flowing, which eases the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety. If perhaps your new house happens to be in a location where winter sporting activities are prevalent, find a new pastime--snow boarding, ice skating, even ice fishing. Try to go outside and connect with others, even if it's only having a meal or having a cup of coffee with acquaintances.

Professional Therapy

In the event your SAD persists once you have tried to manage it yourself, I highly recommend you obtain a physician's assistance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will do a thorough examination of your physical and mental well-being and assess whether your signs and symptoms are actually seasonal or the roots of a more chronic depressive disorder. One of the first questions they will likely ask is if any other family members are susceptible to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Treatment options might be talk therapy, relaxation or meditation, or even a short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Do not forget that as wintertime gives way to springtime, so will your SAD lessen as the days get a bit longer as well as more comfortable. In the meantime, please get therapy for your SAD so you can have fun with your wellbeing in your new house after moving to Killeen.

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