Avoiding SAD After Moving to Tulsa

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs thrilling as moving to Tulsa has been, at some point the moving high disappears and you come back to earth with a great big thud. When re-entry is during the winter season, it can cause seasonal depression--also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Specially if your move has brought you someplace where winter season is a real thing--such as if you have moved from Florida to Maine-you need to be ready for some seasonal anxious feelings and learn how to keep it in check through to the springtime thaw.

If you recollect anything at all about high school geography, the further north you go, the less daytime there will be throughout the fall and winter periods. The brief days seem to come together with gloomy dull days, so that it feels like the sun rarely shines for weeks at a time. This is when all you'd like to do is hibernate--stay home, sleep, binge watch TV shows, and merely steer clear of the human race. For those who have just moved across the country and are in a new location, and you have not yet really established a new routine yet, it's quicker to succumb to the clutches of seasonal depression. So, here is how it is possible to address it from your own home, or a few therapies a qualified professional could recommend if you can't keep it from escalating on your own.

One point--SAD is a real thing--the Mayo Clinic handles it, as well as the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) includes it. If you experience the outward symptoms of depressive disorder that come with winter season, get therapy in case you have had the outward symptoms in the past.

Brighten Your Surroundings

Light Treatments

Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for many individuals with SAD. It's a simple procedure that scientists think modifies your brain chemistry with half hour per day of exposure; There aren't any substantial side effects and it's a home treatment, so it's worth a chance. You will want a light box which emits a minimum of 10,000 lux (lux factors in the intensity of the light). Sit down by the box--around 16 to 24 inches away from you--while you enjoy your morning drink, not gazing head on at the light source but with your eyes open. Make certain the box is made particularly for SAD treatment, as it will filter Ultraviolet light.

Basic things--higher-watt bulbs, opening curtains every day, and sitting by a window at your workplace, if possible--that get you to additional light will have a notable benefit. Trim back any shrub limbs that dangle across your residence to let in more sunshine, and research installing skylights to allow all the sun you can into the home.

Get Outside

Take a walk, eat your lunch time outside--anything to absorb some weak winter sun light. Even a modest increase of Vitamin D is ideal for you and also getting outdoors for a short stroll takes care of that as well as getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on overcast days--packs more of a wallop versus the weak mid-day light, so try to get outside to begin your day.

Exercise and Socialize

Working out is the standard process for helping almost any depression--it gets the endorphins working, which often relieves the outward symptoms of tension and anxiety. In the event that your new home happens to be in a location where wintertime sporting activities are widespread, find a new hobby--snow boarding, ice skating, perhaps ice fishing. Attempt to go outside and make friends, even if it is simply eating dinner or having coffee with associates.

Professional Treatment

In the event your SAD persists when you have tried to deal with it on your own, you should get a physician's assistance. A psychologist or psychiatrist can do a thorough examination of your mental and physical health and determine if your symptoms are really seasonal or the start of a more persistent depression. Among the first questions they will likely ask is if any different family members are subject to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Remedies could be talk therapy, relaxation or meditating, or perhaps short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Remember that as winter gives way to springtime, so will your SAD lessen as the days get lengthier as well as more comfortable. For now, please seek therapy for your SAD so you can take advantage of your health in your new residence after moving to Tulsa.

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