#4 – The holidays can make things worse.
For many people, the holiday season is a very difficult time. For people struggling with SAD, it can be even harder.
The reason that the holidays are so much harder is that women living with SAD are already struggling with sadness and succumbing to the pressures and expectations of the holidays is way more likely.
So, if you are already working hard to manage your SAD, make an effort to take care of yourself during the holiday season.
For me, this year I was invited to my father’s house for Thanksgiving. As much as I wanted to see my dad I knew that my stepmother would go out of her way to make my life miserable, as she always does. And I knew that if I put myself through that my SAD could very easily get worse.
So, I am staying home for Thanksgiving. And going to Mexico for Christmas for a little sunshine to get me through the long New England winter.
What can you do to make your holidays just a little bit easier?
#5 – Asking for help isn’t weakness.
While there are natural ways to treat SAD, for some women, they just don’t work.
If you find that your seasonal depression is getting the way of you living your life, if it is interfering with your work or your relationships, I strongly encourage you to seek treatment.
Make an appointment with your PCP immediately and discuss with her how to best management your SAD depression.
The good news is is that seasonal depression often passes as the winter and summer become the norm so chemical management of the depression might be short lived.
Seasonal depression is not something to be taken lightly. Feeling depressed can have debilitating effects on your work and your life
Fortunately, SAD is fairly easy to diagnose and treat. Take a look at the list above. Is this you? Awareness is a key step to figuring out what is going on with your moods and getting better.
You can do it! You will be glad you did.