The cold weather is upon us, and this becomes an emotional challenge, particularly for those of us who thrive on outdoor warm weather activities. I have some of my own creative ideas to help us get through these cold winter day!
The emotional challenge of staying indoors can develop into a real problem which is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as winter depression. According to the National Mental Health Association, (www.nmha.org) “SAD is a mood disorder associated with depression episodes and related to seasonal variations of light. January and February are the most difficult months for those affected by SAD, and younger persons and women are at higher risk. Symptoms include excessive eating and sleeping and weight gain.”
In addition to the NMHA’s recommendations of phototherapy or bright light therapy, I have some of my own creative ideas:
by Patricia Raskin
Patricia Raskin, M.Ed., is an award-winning producer and host of “The Patricia Raskin Show” on Saturdays at 4 PM on WPRO, AM630/99.7FM, beginning its ninth year on WPRO. She is also an author, speaker, and coach specializing in change and transition. She is a recipient of the 2015 Rhode Island Small Business Administration Award. www.patriciaraskin.com