Managing the Winter Duldrums

Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Managing the Winter Duldrums

As the colder, shorter months approach, it can be harder to manage one’s mental health. Days are shorter, weather is stormy, cold, and unpredictable, and nighttime comes quicker. For many individuals, the fall/winter months mean family gatherings, holidays, and parties. For many others, however, it means loneliness, sadness, hopelessness, seasonal depression, as well as memories of the past that are filled with grief, loss, regret, and hurt.

Here are a few suggestions that may be beneficial and help get you through tough times:

  • Be with others that love and support you
  • Keep yourself warm and dry
  • Make sure to follow your prescribed medication regimen
  • Increase the light in your home or setting (lamp, night light, fluorescent lighting, etc…)
  • Seek out and follow through with therapeutic appointments
  • Seek out community resources and support
  • Volunteer (opportunities are much more available during the winter months)
  • Read uplifting material, listen to uplifting music
  • Create a self-soothing “kit” involving the 5 senses (scents, pictures, activities, music, favorite food, items that bring comfort)
  • Know your triggers and limits so you can be proactive with interventions instead of reactive
  • “Snuggle/nestle” with your favorite blanket, shirt, or jacket
  • Involve yourself with a meaningful activity or club
  • Exercise, even if it is only a few minutes per day
  • Eat a more healthy diet
  • Play in the snow
  • Dress for the weather
  • Plan activities around bad weather so you are not caught out in one
  • If you have your own vehicle and drive, always keep your gas tank at least half filled
  • When falling into negative thinking, patterns, or behaviors, distract yourself and do something else

Our hope is that everyone that reads this message has a warm, meaningful holiday/winter season. If you ever have questions or need support, please feel free to contact us.

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