24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
Fax: (361)578-5500
Regular Hours: M-Fri 8am - 5pm
Every 3rd Thurs of the Month - Extended Hours Until 7 pm

Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Resources
Basic Information
Introduction and Types of Depressive DisordersRelated Disorders / ConditionsHistorical and Current UnderstandingsBiology, Psychology and SociologyTreatment - Medication and PsychotherapyAlternative Medicine and Self-Help ResourcesSpecial IssuesReferences
More InformationTestsLatest News
Could You Help Prevent a Suicide? Know the Warning SignsDepression Can Be a Killer for People With MSKetamine Appears Safe as Therapy for Tough-to-Treat DepressionThe Bigger the City, the Lower the Depression Rates?Shock Therapy Safe, Effective for Tough-to-Treat DepressionDepression Plagues Many Coal Miners With Black Lung Disease1 in 4 People With Anxiety, Depression Couldn't Get Care During PandemicBody's 'Signals' May Feel Different in People With Anorexia, DepressionDads of 'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by DepressionCould Fish Oil Supplements Help Fight Depression?Treating Teachers' Depression Could Boost Young Students' Grades: Study'Laughing Gas' Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Depression'Early Birds' May Have Extra Buffer Against DepressionTennis Star Naomi Osaka's 'Time Out' Highlights Common, Crippling Mental Health IssueMassive Gene Study Probes Origins of DepressionAHA News: Link Between Depression and Heart Disease Cuts Both WaysAHA News: Depression and Anxiety Linked to Lower Levels of Heart Health in Young AdultsDepression Even More Common With Heart Failure Than CancerNothing to Sniff at: Depression Common for People With COVID-Linked Smell LossPandemic Is Leading to More Depression for Pregnant Women Worldwide: Study'Non-Drug' Approaches Can Fight Depression in People With DementiaHalf of COVID Survivors Struggle With Depression: StudyDepression Often Follows Stroke, and Women Are at Higher RiskAs Lockdowns Cut Into Exercise Time, Depression Rates Are RisingCommon Antidepressants Won't Raise Risk for Bleeding Strokes: StudyFeeling SAD? Here Are Ways to Ease Winter BluesTreating Mom's Postpartum Depression Could Help Baby's Brain, TooDepression in Youth Ups Odds for Adult Illnesses: StudyToo Much Social Media Time Could Raise Risk of DepressionAHA News: Certain Antidepressants Might Increase Stroke Risk for Young Adults With PTSDCOVID Fuels Depression Among Pregnant Women, New Moms'Body Issues' Raise Depression Risks for TeensCoping With Lockdown Loneliness During the HolidaysAHA News: People With Depression Fare Worse in Heart Health StudyTwo Key Lifestyle Factors May Ward Off DepressionBirth Control Pill Won't Raise Depression RiskDepression Has Strong Ties to Stroke, Study FindsFor Some Women, Postpartum Depression Lingers for YearsSevere Morning Sickness Linked to Depression Before and After BirthDepressed Teens May Struggle in SchoolPreventive Intervention for Premature Infants Effective
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

Anxiety Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Suicide
Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Pain Management

Feeling SAD? Here Are Ways to Ease Winter Blues


HealthDay News
Updated: Feb 6th 2021

new article illustration

SATURDAY, Feb.6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 pandemic can make mental health struggles even worse for some people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

SAD is a type of depression triggered by the shorter daylight hours and gray skies of winter. It causes symptoms such as overeating, social withdrawal and decreased energy.

Pandemic-related effects such as stress, anxiety and social isolation could make SAD even worse for some people, according to Dr. Drew Pate, chief of psychiatry at LifeBridge Health, a health care corporation in Baltimore.

He offered some advice for people with SAD. No. 1 on his list: Get as much exposure to sunlight as you can.

"Open your curtains and blinds in the morning and position yourself near windows at work if you can," Pate suggested in a LifeBridge news release. "Exposing yourself to natural light early in the day, even light on a cloudy day, can help improve your mood and energy level."

If possible, sit outside during work breaks, Pate recommended. And, he added, consider using a light therapy box.

"Using a light therapy box in the morning soon after waking up can have dramatic effects on your mood and energy level throughout the day," Pate said.

Here are some other coping strategies:

  • Be active. "Regular exercise and activity can be especially powerful in combating low moods and low energy," but be sure to follow social distancing rules, Pate said.
  • Maintain consistent schedules. Go to bed and wake up at the same times daily, and stick to a mealtime schedule, Pate advised. "Consistent routines will help keep your mood on track and ensure your mind and body's need for appropriate rest and nutrition is met so that you can address other potential causes of worsening mood or low energy," he said.
  • Stay connected. Isolation "can be a major contributor to worsening mood and energy level," and increased social isolation and disconnection during the pandemic "are harmful to our overall well-being," Pate said. In-person interaction may not be possible, but you can phone, text or have video chats.
  • Relax and do things you enjoy. Set aside time for self-care and activities.

If your mood or energy still aren't improving, consider seeking professional help, Pate advised.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more on SAD.

SOURCE: LifeBridge Health, news release, Jan. 7, 2021