November 16, 2023
As we transition into the fall and winter seasons, Dr. Timothy Jeider offers valuable advice for preempting seasonal depression. His recent discussion on Las Vegas's 8 News is particularly timely as the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, changes that can trigger this type of depression.
Recognizing Seasonal Depression
Seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), typically starts in the late fall or early winter. It's characterized by a consistent change in mood and energy that coincides with the seasons, often lifting during the spring and summer months.
The Impact of Indoor Living
Dr. Jeider points out that the colder weather nudges us indoors, which, while often pleasant and nostalgic, can inadvertently lead to social isolation. It's this isolation that can exacerbate feelings of depression, making it essential to find a balance between enjoying the coziness of home and maintaining social interaction.
Sunlight and Circadian Rhythms
A lack of sunlight can significantly disrupt our circadian rhythm, the body's natural clock that helps regulate mood, sleep, and energy levels. For those who leave for work in the dark and return home after sunset, this can be particularly challenging. Dr. Jeider recommends making an effort to get outside during daylight, even briefly, to help counteract this effect.
The Importance of Routine
Maintaining normal routines is another strategy Dr. Jeider suggests for combating seasonal depression. As the days get shorter, it might be tempting to change our activities, but keeping to a regular schedule can provide a sense of order and normalcy that's psychologically beneficial.
Dr. Jeider's overarching message is one of proactivity. Understanding the signs of seasonal depression and taking steps early can make all the difference. Whether it's making your living space brighter, exercising regularly, or staying connected with friends and family, these actions can support mental health through the changing seasons.
As we brace for the colder months, let's take Dr. Jeider's advice to heart: stay vigilant about our mental health, seek out the sun whenever possible, and keep to our daily rhythms. By doing so, we can mitigate the effects of seasonal depression and maintain our well-being year-round.
Seeking Professional Mental Health Assistance
If you find yourself struggling to combat seasonal depression, consider reaching out to Nevada Mental Health for support and guidance. Our professionals are well-equipped to help you navigate seasonal depression. Take the first step towards a more balanced and resilient life by exploring the mental health services offered at Nevada Mental Health today.