Steering clear of SAD After Moving to Tulsa

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs exhilarating as moving to Tulsa is, sooner or later the moving high goes away and you return to this planet along with a great big thud. If re-entry is during the winter time, it can lead to seasonal depression--also called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Particularly if your move has taken you a place where winter is a real thing--like if you've moved from Texas to Maine-you must be ready for some seasonal anxiety and know how to deal with it through to the spring thaw.

If you recollect anything at all about high school geography, the more north you go, the less sunshine there is in the fall and winter periods. The shorter days usually go hand in hand with dismal gray days, so that it feels like the sun rarely shines for many days on end. Then just about all you wish to do is hibernate--stay home, sleep, binge watch TV shows, and just avoid the human race. For those who have just moved across the country and are in a new location, and you have not yet essentially settled into a new normal routine as yet, you'll find it much easier to get caught in the grip of seasonal depressive disorder. So, here is how it is possible to treat it at home, or a couple of solutions a qualified professional may advise if you're unable to keep it at bay on your own.

One point--SAD is actually a thing--the Mayo Clinic handles it, and the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) contains it. Should you feel the outward symptoms of depression linked to winter season, seek intervention if you have had the symptoms in the past.

Brighten up Your Environment

Light Healing

Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for lots of people with SAD. It is a uncomplicated therapy that researchers believe changes your brain balance with half hour per day of exposure; There aren't any serious adverse effects and it is a home treatment, so it is worth a chance. You will want a light box which releases a minimum of 10,000 lux (lux factors in the intensity of the light). Sit down by the box--approximately 16 to 24 inches away from you--while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee, not looking straight at the light but with your eyes open. Be sure the light box is made specifically for SAD therapy, as it will filter out UV light.

Hassle-free things--higher-watt light bulbs, opening window coverings every day, and sitting by a window at your workplace, if possible--that bring you to additional light will have a significant benefit. Cut back all shrub branches that hang across your residence to let in additional sun, and research putting in skylights to allow all the light you possibly can to the home.

Head Outside

Take a walk, consume your lunch break outside--anything to absorb a few weak winter rays. Even just a modest increase of Vitamin D is ideal for you and also getting outdoors for a short walk takes care of that in addition to getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on gloomy days--packs a bigger wallop versus the weak mid-day sun, so strive to go out to start your day.

Workout and Socialize

Being active is the default method for helping any kind of depression--it gets the endorphins working, which in turn relieves the outward symptoms of tension and anxiety. In the event that your new home is located in a place where wintertime sports are prevalent, find a new hobby--snow skiing, ice skating, maybe ice fishing. Attempt to go outside and make friends, even if it is simply having dinner or having coffee with colleagues.

Professional Intervention

Should your SAD lasts after you've attempted to regulate it by yourself, you should get a medical professional's guidance. A psychologist or psychiatrist can do a thorough assessment of your mental and physical health and evaluate if your symptoms are really seasonal or perhaps the beginnings of a more chronic depressive disorder. Among the first questions they'll ask is if any additional family members are susceptible to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Treatment solutions could be talk therapy, rest or meditation, or possibly a short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Remember that as winter gives way to springtime, so will your SAD decrease as the days get a bit longer as well as warmer. In the meantime, please obtain therapy for your SAD to help you delight in your wellbeing in your new home after moving to Tulsa.

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