As the days get shorter, daylight becomes scarce and the nights get colder, it is natural to feel a little down. The winter months might even have a more pronounced impact on seniors who live alone and experience the frigid weather and icy sidewalks making it more difficult to get out and socialize, run errands, shop, and even maintain regular routines. This may all lead to the "winter blues". The "winter blues" (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)) are characterized by mild depression, fatigue, sleeping more, changes in activity level, not wanting to engage in regular activities and changes in appetite.
Luckily, there's a lot you can do to prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal.
* Light Therapy
* Eat a Healthy Diet
* Participate in a Physical Activity
* Stay Involved in Community Activities & Relationships
* Get a Good Nights Sleep
* Avoid Binge Drinking
* Treat Yourself to Lunch out with Friends
* Surround Yourself with Vibrant colors
* Keep the Mind Active by Playing Brain Games
For those who have been independent and able to do things on their own, now might be a good time to utilize the services of Loving Arms Elder Care. Our specially trained caregivers can provide assistance and companionship to help you get through those "winter blues". So remember, keep moving, eat healthy and stay involved, because spring and summer will be back before you know it.
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