Steering clear of SAD When Moving to Oklahoma City

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

SAD after MovingAs exhilarating as moving to Oklahoma City is, at some point the moving high disappears and you come back to earth with a great big thud. And when re-entry is throughout the winter time, it can lead to seasonal depression--also known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Especially if your move has brought you a place where winter season is actually a thing--like if you've moved from Arizona to Maine-you must be prepared for some seasonal anxious feelings and learn how to keep it in check till the springtime thaw.

In case you remember anything with regards to high school geography, the farther north you go, the less sunlight there is throughout the winter and fall seasons. The brief days usually go hand in hand with dark gray days, so that it feels like the sun never shines for several weeks at a stretch. That's when all you wish to do is hibernate--stay at home, sleep, binge watch movies, and merely stay away from the human race. When you have just moved across the country and are in a new place, and you have not essentially settled into a new routine as yet, you'll find it much easier to succumb to the clutches of seasonal depressive disorder. So, here's how you can address it at home, or a few therapies a pro may advise if you're unable to keep it from escalating without any help.

One thing--SAD is actually a thing--the Mayo Clinic treats it, and the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) incorporates it. If you experience the signs and symptoms of major depression that come with winter time, get intervention if you've had the symptoms in the past.

Brighten Your Surroundings

Light Treatments

Phototherapy is the miracle bullet for many individuals with SAD. It is a uncomplicated therapy which scientists think changes your brain balance with half hour per day of exposure; You won't notice any substantial side effects and it is a home therapy, so it is worth a consideration. You'll need a light box which emits no less than 10,000 lux (lux factors in the concentration of the lighting). Sit by the box--between 16 to 24 inches away--while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee, not looking exactly at the light source but with your eyes open. Be sure the box is made specifically for SAD therapy, as it will filter Ultraviolet light.

Easy things--higher-watt light bulbs, opening curtains every day, and sitting by a window at work, if possible--that get you to extra light can have a detectable benefit. Trim back all tree branches that hang across your residence to let in more sun, and explore incorporating skylights to allow all the light you can into the home.

Head Outdoors

Go for a walk, eat your lunch time outside--anything to take in a handful of weak winter season rays. Even a little boost of Vitamin D is wonderful for you and going outdoors for a short walk takes care of that in addition to getting your pulse up. Early morning sun--even on overcast days--packs a bigger wallop compared to weak mid-day sunshine, so try to get outdoors to get going with your day.

Workout and Make Friends

Working out is the standard protocol for helping any variety of depression--it gets the endorphins working, which helps reduce the signs and symptoms of anxiety. If perhaps your new residence is in an area where winter sports activities are common, find a new activity--snow boarding, ice skating, even ice fishing. Strive to get out and socialize, even if it is simply enjoying lunch or having coffee with colleagues.

Professional Therapy

In the event your SAD persists after you've attempted to deal with it yourself, please seek a doctor's guidance. A psychologist or psychiatrist will do an in depth evaluation of your physical and mental health and assess if your signs and symptoms are actually seasonal or perhaps the start of a more persistent depressive disorder. One of the first questions they will likely ask is if any additional family members are subject to SAD--it is thought to be hereditary. Treatment options could be talk therapy, relaxation or meditation, or even a short-term prescription for antidepressants.

Do not forget that as the winter season gives way to springtime, so will your SAD ease away as the days get lengthier as well as much more enjoyable. In the meantime, please get intervention for your SAD so you can delight in your life in your new residence after moving to Oklahoma City.

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