The winter months present a unique set of challenges for many of us. Of course, you have to take extra care when driving in the winter. And you have to make sure your sidewalks are shoveled whenever it snows. But many of us forget to focus on our mental health during the winter months. So, what should you be doing to make sure you’re taking the right steps for your mental health during the winter months? PulseAir wants you to understand how your mental health is impacted during the winter, and what you can do to help yourself.
How Winter Impacts Your Mental Health
Winter means colder, shorter days. For many of us, that can mean going the entire day without going outside and seeing any sunlight. This can trigger a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a very common condition that impacts millions of people every year. Symptoms of SAD can include:
- Feelings of depression
- Social withdrawal
- Thoughts of suicide in severe cases
If you believe you are being impacted by SAD, please contact your doctor. There are a number of treatment options available to combat the effects of SAD, and your doctor will help you choose the right treatment.
How COVID Plays Into Your Winter Mental Health
Because COVID-19 continues to play a prominent role in our everyday lives, it’s possible that you may be at greater risk for developing mental health issues during the winter months. COVID has forced many of us to feel more anxious, depressed and isolated. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing these feelings to determine the best way to treat any potential mental health condition.
What You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Health During the Winter
There are options available to you that will allow you to take control of your mental health. It’s important to remember that you should always contact your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of depression or anxiety. Once you’ve talked with your doctor, they may suggest any of the following to help you start to feel better:
- Prescribed medication
- Focus on a healthy diet and exercise
- Light therapy (especially for SAD patients)
- Making updates to your routine to expose yourself to more sunlight during the day
PulseAir wants you to be healthy throughout the year, and that includes focusing on your mental health during the winter months. If you have a need for our services, please contact us.