Winter is fully upon us. Hours of sunlight are at a minimum and the weather can often become gloomy. For people suffering from depression, it can be a difficult time of year, as many physical strategies – such as engaging in outdoor activities on warm, sunny days – for managing the mental illness are no longer available. The holidays bring additional layers of stress, fatigue, financial constraints, and conflict among family and friends. Even those who do not suffer from clinical depression can find themselves falling victim to headaches, excessive drinking, over-eating, and lack of sleep.
From counteracting the depressive effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder to devising mental challenges that boost the mood, Psych Central offers 12 Winter Depression Busters for good mental health this holiday season.
The holidays are no reason to avoid the challenges of mental illness. If you are the caretaker or family member of an adult or young person with clinical depression, anxiety, or another mental illness, please call us at 877-845-5235 or contact us online. We provide full medical treatment, psychiatric therapy, medication management, life skills training, and aftercare via our safe, friendly locations in Orlando, Florida and the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.