Steering clear of SAD When Moving to San Antonio

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs exhilarating as moving to San Antonio is, at some point the moving high goes away and you return to ground along with a great big thud. And when re-entry is throughout the winter months, it can lead to seasonal depression--also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Particularly if your move has brought you somewhere where winter is indeed a thing--for instance if you have gone from Florida to Michigan-you should be prepared for some seasonal anxious feelings and understand how to keep it in check until the spring thaw.

If you recall anything at all about high school geography, the more north you are, the less daytime there is throughout the fall and winter seasons. The shorter days usually come together with gloomy dull days, so that it feels like the sun rarely shines for days at a time. Then all you wish to do is hibernate--stay home, snooze, binge watch movies, and simply steer clear of the world. For those who have recently moved across the country and are in a new area, and you haven't essentially established a new routine still, it is much easier to fall into the grip of seasonal depressive disorder. Therefore, here is how you possibly can address it at home, or some treatments a pro might advise if you can't keep it at bay without any help.

One note--SAD is actually a thing--the Mayo Clinic handles it, and also the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) includes it. Should you feel the outward symptoms of depressive disorder that come with winter months, find treatment if you have had the outward symptoms in the past.

Add light to Your Environment

Light Healing

Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for many individuals with SAD. It's a uncomplicated treatment that researchers think transforms your brain balance with 30 minutes a day of exposure; There aren't any real unwanted side effects and it's a home remedy, so it is worth a consideration. You will want a light box which gives off a minimum of 10,000 lux (lux factors in the concentration of the light). Relax by the box--between 16 to 24 inches away--while you sip your morning coffee, not gazing directly at the light source but with your eyes open. Ensure the light box is made particularly for SAD treatment, as it will remove Ultra-violet light.

Easy things--higher-watt light bulbs, opening curtains during the day, and sitting by a window at work, if possible--that get you to extra light will have a significant benefit. Cut back any tree branches that hang over your house to let in more sunshine, and explore incorporating skylights to let all the light you'll be able to to the house.

Head Outdoors

Take a stroll, eat your lunch break outside--anything to absorb a few weak winter rays. Even a little boost of Vitamin D is wonderful for you and also getting outside for a small stroll handles that along with getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on overcast days--packs more of a wallop versus the weak mid-day sunshine, so strive to head out to begin your day.

Exercise and Make Friends

Exercise is the standard method for helping any kind of depression--it gets the endorphins flowing, which often relieves the outward symptoms of tension and anxiety. If your new house is located in a place where wintertime sports activities are widespread, take up a new activity--snow skiing, ice skating, even ice fishing. Attempt to go outside and socialize, even if it's just enjoying lunch or having a cup of coffee with acquaintances.

Professional Therapy

If your SAD persists once you have attempted to regulate it by yourself, you should obtain a physician's guidance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will perform a complete examination of your physical and mental wellness and assess if your symptoms are truly seasonal or perhaps the roots of a more persistent depression. One of the first questions they'll ask is if any additional family members are subject to SAD--it is assumed to be hereditary. Treatment solutions may be talk therapy, rest or meditation, or even a short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Do not forget that as wintertime gives way to spring, so will your SAD ease away as the days get a bit longer and warmer. Meanwhile, please seek intervention for your SAD in order to have fun with your life in your new home after moving to San Antonio.

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