GETTIN' DA WINTER BLUES
( Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD] )
Beale Street: good blues to hear
SAD: bad "blues" for anyone to have.
The emotional blues are something
that can take you down quickly and
hit during the winter season when
sunlight hours are less and clouds
are more prevalent. Here are some
articles on this topic. Don't let the
blues take you down as there are
ways to deal with them and MAY not
require a doctor or medication.
If you feel these are not helping your situation take action to see professionals Click on chart to enlarge
for help as "the blues" in a career transition is not good for you or loved ones.
WOMEN ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN MEN TO SUFFER FROM WINTER BLUES
GETTING THE BLUES DOES NOT COUNT AGAINST YOU; ANYONE CAN GET THEM.
COMING OUT OF THE BLUES AS A STRONG PERSON IS WHAT MATTERS.
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NO ONE said it would be easy being in a Job Search over the winter season. Once December comes the e-mails are nearly all junk, phone calls are either automated solicitations, people who know YOUR Windows computer needs help or people from the IRS demanding money over the telephone. It's cold and maybe nasty outside and you're gettin' the Winter Blues.
5 Days to Beat the Winter Blues
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- stressed out about buying gifts (not being able to buy gifts) for others
- emotional "roller coaster" swings or "haze" periods
- feeling melancholy, lack of energy, developing negative attitudes
- an extraordinarily special person in your life is leaving for ever
- sense that a change in your life is now permanent and is inescapable
ACTIVITIES that are quick and can be affordable solutions include:
1. Take a Power Nap / mini-snooze
People like Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Ronald
Reagan were daytime snoozers yet produced great things. These "snoozes"
can enhanced performance and help you feel more balanced. Where do you think
the phrase "I'll sleep on that" came from.
2. Snuggle with a Pet
Wrapping your arms around a pet has proven to reduce stress, blood pressure,
and depression. This activity releases serotonin which is a mood stabilizer and no
Doctor or Pharmacy is required to try this!
3. Help Someone Else
One of the two areas it to spend money on another person which may not be a
viable solution. The other is to help them in other ways which may be viable.
Do a simple act of kindness for someone whether it is helping someone cross the
street, pointing out an open parking space to someone looking for one, helping
someone rake leaves or fix something or just call your parents or older children.
When you transition from ME into WE a lot of good gets spread around.
4. Try Something New
This can seem very time consuming or expensive but it can be just the opposite.
We all get wrapped in our problems and routines of the day especially with a career
transition. So break the pattern and shake things up a little while helping yourself.
There are many short and free classes on-line from Universities around the world in
English. Sign up for a class covering sometime of personal interest OR find a class
that can make YOU MORE VALUABLE in your job. This demonstrates characteristics
employers want to see, interest in improving themselves. Selecting something that
is also of value and interest to you to maintain your interest and learning level.
Adults work hard and think hard and play is for children ... those are the rules!
NOT EVEN CLOSE! Having a well-balanced life requires some escape time and play
helps bring that balance with a sense of freedom and satisfaction.
Do you have young children at home? Pick up a stuff animal and conduct a silly
interview with the stuff animal. It drives you into becoming creative, being silly
without risk of any criticisms, making others smile and laugh and helping you on
many levels. And if you are good at it, this may be a new avenue for you as a second
but fun job! Having a job you enjoy and can bring innovation to often becomes both
the best job you'll ever have and the job you will be most recognized for!
FOOD TIPS that could be quick and affordable solutions include:
1. Make sure you eat every 3-4 hours, and that you include protein with all your
meals. Many people decide to become a vegetarian without paying enough attention
to protein. If that is you, make sure you are eating beans, nuts or seeds with every
2. Take Vitamin D every day. This is the “sunshine” vitamin and very important to
support your mood. I recommend 2000 iu per day, minimum to maintain your
levels through the winter.
3. Eat plenty of good fats, especially the Omega 3 oil DHA found in fish, algae, and
nuts (especially walnuts). Studies have found fish oil supplements can improve mild
to moderate depression just as good as antidepressants. I recommend a minimum
of 500 mg DHA to support your mood.
4. Don’t forget the B’s. B12, Folate and B6 are all critical for your mood pathways. In
general, B vitamins are found in whole, unprocessed foods like meats, legumes,
whole grains and vegetables.
5. If diet alone isn’t doing the trick, you can try taking 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)
at bed to boost serotonin. Try 50-100 mg, and should notice a difference in how
you feel in 2 weeks.
OTHER ITEMS OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
Beating Winter's Woes - WebMD
Fun Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Funny Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Talking Your Way Out of the Blues - Today.com
A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that "talk therapy" combats seasonal depression even more effectively than treatment using light.
The big advantage to the talk therapy is that it gives you tools that can help you deal with winter lows year after year, says Kelly Rohan, lead author of the study and a professor and director of clinical training in the department of psychological science at the University of Vermont. The trick is to notice changes in your thought patterns and behaviors.
Twelve Winter Depression Busters - Psych Central
Winter Blues Quotes
Winter Blues Symptoms
If you feel and can not "kick" the depression often seen and experienced during winter or a career transition, talk to professionals. The CT Groups may have some limited resources who may be available.
Time lost in getting back your energy and focus can never be recovered.