The Healing Journey
Tips for Improving Your Mental Health
Surviving the Winter Blues
As the winter seems to drag on, it can get very difficult to find joy and happiness in the day. It sometimes seems like forever since we've seen the sunshine. When the days are shorter and the weather is gloomy, some people may experience a dip in their mood and energy levels. This is known as seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If you're experiencing seasonal depression, know that you're not alone and there are steps you can take to manage your symptoms.
Seasonal depression can cause low energy, sadness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. It's important to recognize these symptoms and seek support if they are affecting your daily life.
One way to manage seasonal depression is through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. While EMDR therapy is often used for trauma, it can also be effective in treating depression and anxiety. EMDR can help identify and challenge any negative beliefs or thoughts that may be contributing to your symptoms. It can also help you develop new coping strategies and improve your overall mood and well-being.
In addition to therapy, here are some tips to help manage seasonal depression:
Even on cloudy days, exposure to natural light can help regulate your mood and energy levels. Try to spend time outside during the day, even if it's just for a short walk.
Exercise is a natural mood booster and can help reduce symptoms of depression. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's going to the gym, taking a yoga class, or simply going for a walk.
Connect with others
Social support is important for managing depression. Make an effort to connect with friends and family, or consider joining a support group.
Taking care of yourself is essential for managing depression. Make time for activities that bring you joy, such as reading, listening to music, or taking a bath.
Remember, seasonal depression is a treatable condition. If you're struggling with symptoms, seek support from a mental health professional. In addition to EMDR therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT) can also be effective in treating depression. The most important thing is to prioritize your mental health and take action. With the right support and tools, you can overcome seasonal depression and live a fulfilling life.
The author, Camilla Olsen, CMHC, is licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy with her, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on her website.
You may also be interested to know, that she has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
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About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
Do you live in the State of Utah? If so, would you like to become a client?
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Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.