Getting Through the Dark Days of Winter - How to Survive and Thrive

Written by Carrie Wrigley on . Posted in Depression Today

The holidays are over; the skies are dark and grey;  the days are short, and the nights are long.   The cloudy skies impede sunlight, and the leafless trees look naked and depressing.  Yup - it's that time of year again!   But the grey and the cold don't have to get you down.  These are manageable conditions - if you know what steps to take to keep your mood bright, and your energy high.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A Common Struggle During Those Cold Winter Months

It's little wonder that during the winter months, mood disorders increase, and a dreary and hopeless mood can easily settle in.   Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common phenomenon afflicting many during these cold seasons.  These wintry conditions can also intensify more chronic emotional challenges, such as depression or anxiety.  In whatever form, these winter blues are  fed by many factors which are more common in the wintertime. These may include the following:

Practical Tips for Getting Through These Cold Winter Months

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To meet and overcome the special challenges of this chilly season, the following suggestions have proven helpful:

Before long, winter will be over, and you can once again enjoy the rich sunlight of a warmer, brighter day.  In the meantime, by being intentional and proactive, you can find joy even in the cold grey surroundings of these dark winter months, and replace those winter blues with tranquility, cheerfulness, and hope. 

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HappinessToolkit book thumbnail-- Carrie M. Wrigley, LCSW 
     Counselor, Speaker, Performer, and Author of
     Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life

   > For more complete Information on this topic,  see the book,  Tool #3:
"Positivity: Notice and Enjoy the Good Things"

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