There are many reasons to be excited about the holiday season. But winter also means less sunshine and more difficulty getting out of the house. And while you may also be sad that Christmas is over, something else might be to blame: seasonal affective disorder.
Seniors are at a higher risk of depression since they may be less active and less capable of doing things on their own. Symptoms include a loss of energy, an increased appetite and an enhanced feeling of lethargy and tiredness. Here are some tips to help you get through the cold months ahead:
• Enjoy natural light as much as possible. Try spending some time outdoors, open all the blinds in your house or look into buying a light box.
• Watch what you eat. It always important to make health-conscious snack decisions that can impact your mental and physical health, such as fruits, nuts or seeds.
• Keep exercising! It is the perfect way to lift your spirits and improve your mood.
• Spend more time with the ones you love. After all, laughter is the best medicine!
The holiday season offers many opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. Remember to have meaningful family discussions and think about new activities you can try together this winter!