Six Things to Know About the Winter Blues – The Nebraska Medical Center


Seasonal effective disorder is commonly known
as the winter blues. It includes symptoms of depression such as poor energy, fatigue,
decreased attention and concentration, irritability and general sadness. It’s not because you are around your in-laws
at the holidays it is because you are not getting enough exposure to the sun. There
are decreased daylight hours and generally speaking your activity level decreases during
these months so your body doesn’t regenerate its own energy as well. This decreased energy
depletes your mind and your body of its ability to think, feel good and carry on the activities
you normally do. One of the things is to stay active. If there
is anything that is going to help beat the blues it’s going to be exercise or just
being active. This is not necessarily physical activity but also social activity, staying
plugged in to your social outlets, using your social resources. Also maintaining your diet
and maintaining good hydration. Take on a new hobby and do something new in
your life. Those things promote energy and it’s all about keeping that energy up during
those winter months. These cloudy days and these long winter days
do bring us down. If you can get away for a vacation to the south, if you have that
luxury, then you absolutely should. The more sun exposure you can get during these months
the better. Individuals who live in states where there are longer winter days generally
experience more of those winter blues. Talk to your doctor because everyone is different
and different treatments work for different people. Some people use light therapy, some
use vitamin supplements and some just need counseling to help them get through some stressors.
Help your family member or your friend reduce their stress level and just be there to listen
to their stresses so you can help them to feel better. If you have had depression or anxiety in the
past you are at greater risk for these increased symptoms during this time of year. If you
have experienced seasonal effective disorder in past years you are most likely to experience
it again. Pay attention to your symptoms, know your body and do something about it.
Be proactive and create a routine that will work for you to stay busy, stay active and
be healthy. Start planning right now. Start creating a
regiment for yourself of exercise and general activity, keeping up with your friends and
family, plugging into those social outlets and maintaining a good well-balanced diet.

10 thoughts on “Six Things to Know About the Winter Blues – The Nebraska Medical Center

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  2. A recent discovery that helps cure winter depression is Exercise Light Therapy. We just did a report on it if anyone is interested.

  3. I think I get mine winter blues is because during the summer there is a family friend that always has bbq and pool party I always enjoy going to them it's so much fun also I get to see more family and family friends during the summer. I do see them during the winter ur not as much. So maybe that's a another reason why I get sad during winter

  4. I dread seeing January and February come… overcast skies are so depressing! Also, blood pressure is also more apt to raise in the dark winter months.

  5. I have this problem every winter in NJ, but I did try the light therapy.. it’s a called a happy light and it did actually help my mood it was like 70% better.

  6. i hate winter, i wish i could just sleep through it. i find it hard to go to work in the winter.i feel that i dont want to leave my bed or room

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