Avoiding SAD After Moving to Little Rock

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs thrilling as moving to Little Rock is, eventually the moving high goes away and you come back to this planet along with a great big thud. If re-entry is over the winter season, it can result in seasonal depression--also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Specially if your move has taken you somewhere where wintertime is indeed a thing--such as if you have gone from Texas to Michigan-you need to be prepared for some seasonal anxious feelings and know how to keep it in check till the springtime thaw.

If you remember anything at all pertaining to high school geography, the more north you go, the less sunshine there is throughout the fall and winter months. The shorter days frequently go hand in hand with gloomy gray days, so that it may seem like the sun hardly shines for months at a stretch. This is when all you want to do is hibernate--stay home, nap, binge watch movies, and simply steer clear of the world. When you have just moved across the country and are in a new place, and you have not essentially settled into a new schedule still, it is much easier to fall into the grip of seasonal depression. Therefore, here's how you can deal with it from your own home, or a few treatments a qualified professional could advise if you cannot keep it under control on your own.

One note--SAD is actually a thing--the Mayo Clinic treats it, and the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) contains it. If you feel the symptoms of depression linked to winter time, seek treatment in case you have had the outward symptoms previously.

Brighten Your Surroundings

Light Therapy

Phototherapy is the magic bullet for lots of people with SAD. It is a uncomplicated therapy that researchers believe changes your brain balance with 30 minutes a day of exposure; There aren't any serious side effects and it's a home treatment, so it is worth a try. You'll need a light box which emits at least 10,000 lux (lux factors in the power of the light). Sit by the box--approximately 16 and 24 inches away from you--while you sip your morning cup of coffee, not gazing head on at the light source but with your eyes open. Make sure the box is made particularly for SAD therapy, as it will remove Ultra-violet light.

Hassle-free things--higher-watt lights, opening window coverings during the day, and sitting by a window at your workplace, if possible--that get you to more light may have a detectable benefit. Trim back any shrub limbs that hang across your house to let in more light, and research installing skylights to allow all the natural light you'll be able to into the home.

Go Outdoors

Go for a walk, consume your lunch break outside--anything to take in some weak wintertime rays. Even just a minimal increase of Vitamin D is wonderful for you and also heading outside for a small stroll takes care of that along with getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on overcast days--packs more of a wallop as opposed to weak mid-day sun, so make an effort to get outside to get going with your day.

Workout and Socialize

Being active is the standard protocol for helping any kind of depression--it gets the endorphins flowing, which in turn eases the symptoms of anxiety. If your new home is located in a location where winter sporting activities are common, find a new hobby--snow skiing, ice skating, even ice fishing. Try to go outside and connect with others, even if it's only enjoying dinner or having a cup of coffee with associates.

Professional Intervention

Should your SAD persists once you have attempted to keep it in check by yourself, please obtain a doctor's assistance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will do a comprehensive examination of your mental and physical wellness and assess if your signs and symptoms are truly seasonal or maybe the start of a more severe depression. One of the first questions they will ask is if any additional family members are susceptible to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Treatment solutions might be talk therapy, rest or meditation, or perhaps short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Remember that as the winter season gives way to springtime, so will your SAD ease away as the days get a bit longer as well as more comfortable. Meanwhile, please get therapy for your SAD to help you delight in your wellbeing in your new home after moving to Little Rock.

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