Avoiding SAD After Moving to Wichita Falls

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs exhilarating as moving to Wichita Falls may be, eventually the moving high goes away and you come back to this planet with a great big thud. If re-entry is over the winter months, it can cause seasonal depression--also called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Especially if your move has taken you a place where winter season is indeed a thing--like if you've relocated from Texas to Maine-you need to be ready for some seasonal anxious feelings and know how to manage it through to the spring thaw.

Should you recall anything at all pertaining to high school geography, the farther north you go, the less sunlight there is during the fall and winter seasons. The short days seem to come together with gloomy gray days, so that it may seem like the sun hardly shines for months on end. That's when virtually all you wish to do is hibernate--stay at home, sleep, binge watch movies, and just stay away from the human race. When you have just moved across the country and are in a new area, and you have not really established a new schedule as yet, it's much easier to succumb to the clutches of seasonal depression. Therefore, here is how you possibly can treat it at home, or a few treatments a pro may recommend if you can't keep it under control by yourself.

One note--SAD is a real thing--the Mayo Clinic addresses it, as well as the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) contains it. Should you feel the signs and symptoms of depression that come with winter season, find intervention if you've had the symptoms in the past.

Add light to Your Environment

Light Healing

Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for many individuals with SAD. It's a straightforward treatment that researchers believe modifies your brain chemistry with 30 minutes a day of exposure; There aren't any real unwanted side effects and it is a home remedy, so it's worth a try. You will want a light box which releases no less than 10,000 lux (lux factors in the power of the lighting). Relax by the box--between 16 to 24 inches away--while you enjoy your morning drink, not gazing straight at the light but with your eyes open. Make sure the box is made specifically for SAD therapy, as it will filter UV light.

Simple things--higher-watt lights, opening window blinds during the day, and sitting by a window where you work, if possible--that bring you to additional light will have a notable benefit. Cut back any shrub branches that dangle across your house to let in additional light, and explore putting in skylights to let all the sunshine you possibly can to the home.

Go Outside

Take a walk, eat your lunch break outside--anything to absorb a few weak wintertime rays. Even just a small boost of Vitamin D is good for you and also heading outdoors for a small stroll handles that along with getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on gloomy days--packs more of a wallop compared to weak mid-day light, so try to head outdoors to begin your day.

Workout and Make Friends

Working out is the default protocol for helping almost any depression--it gets the endorphins running, which in turn relieves the outward symptoms of anxiety. If your new home happens to be in a place where wintertime sports activities are common, take up a new pastime--snow skiing, ice skating, maybe ice fishing. Make an effort to go outside and socialize, even if it's just eating supper or having a cup of coffee with associates.

Professional Treatment

In the event your SAD lasts once you have attempted to deal with it by yourself, I highly recommend you seek a physician's guidance. A psychologist or psychiatrist can do a detailed evaluation of your mental and physical wellness and determine if your symptoms are really seasonal or perhaps the roots of a more severe depressive disorder. One of the primary questions they will ask is if any different family members are prone to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Treatment options may be talk therapy, rest or meditating, or perhaps short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Do not forget that as the winter season gives way to spring, so will your SAD decrease as the days get a bit longer as well as warmer. In the meantime, please obtain intervention for your SAD in order to enjoy your wellbeing in your new home after moving to Wichita Falls.

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