Seniors and Winter Seasonal Depression

Seniors and Winter Seasonal Depression

         Many seniors are depressed during the winter festive season. This depression can be brought on by a number of factors. However, seniors should try and accept the depression and still take steps to get through this season just like any other season.

         Most of the negative feelings stem from financial pressure, loneliness and grief. Many of these individuals have lost friends and living alone. Usually during the winter festive season when everyone is talking about being with close friends and family, the seniors realize how alone and lonely they are. In addition, the winter itself is to be blamed for the part of the depression. In winter, the sunlight is hardly present and the days are short and cold. Because of these factors many people stay indoors without meeting too many of their peers.

         For some seniors, the depression comes from the stress of the holiday season and gaining weight due to over consumption of sugar and carbohydrates.

         However, there are some practical tips that can help you get through each day with a positive outlook to life. You no longer have to feel depressed during the Christmas season this winter, or any other winter.

  • Make a schedule and then ensure that you stick. However, be a little flexible to add some extra activities into your day. By having a schedule, you will be more organized and have a structured day. For instance, you can have timings for your meals, some time for exercise, or reading or watching a movie after lunch.
  • Use the online social networking sites cultivate friendship with people around the world. You can also use these sites to keep in touch with friends and family. Just having a short online chat with friends and family can make you feel much better.
  • Do not stay cooped up at home. Go out. You can go for a walk to the park, go some window shopping at a mall or visit some places of tourist interests like a museum.
  • During the day when you are home, pull the blinds and curtains to allow sunlight, even if it is watery, to come into your home. It has been scientifically proven that sunlight helpful in tackling seasonal depression.
  • Wake up each morning and think about something good that has happened in your life and smile about it. You will be amazed how a smile can change your entire perspective to life.
  • If you are still depressed, seek professional help from a psychiatrist. It is nothing to be ashamed of.