It’s winter. For most of us that means short, cold, gray days. The lack of sunlight and freezing temperatures may sap the life out of even the hardiest souls. The excitement–and stress–of the holidays are over, quite possibly leaving you drained but also with nothing to look forward to. Oh yeah, and February has 29 days this year.
This time of year can be especially difficult. It may feel as though Mother Nature has a personal vendetta against you. But how do you know if you are dealing with a case of the winter blues or something more serious such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or Major Depressive Disorder? Today on the podcast I’m going to break down the difference between all of these, but more than that I’ll give you tools you can use today to help yourself and direction for getting more support if the challenges you face are more than the winter blues. There is a lot that can be done to address these challenges.
Information can be powerful and while this podcast is definitely not a replacement for a conversation with your primary care provider, I hope it will give you some great resources to help you better understand and meet your needs this winter. Let’s do more than survive this winter–let’s thrive!
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Links Mentioned in this episode:
National suicide prevention lifeline at 800-273-8255
List of Warmlines by State
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Intro to ACT Therapy
Major Depressive Disorder Stat
Seasonal Affective Disorder Stat
The Shutdown Syndrome by Gregg Henriques, PhD
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