Are You SAD?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and isolation is normally higher during this time of the year but add in a pandemic, extreme cold and excessive snow and it can be increased twenty-fold.
SAD is noted specifically when the seasons change and we experience less sunlight. It is also important to note that SAD is more common in those who already have major depression than in those who don’t.
So what to do?
First acknowledge the issue.
Educate yourself on this condition and know that you are not alone.
Add in sunlight especially in the morning or consider a light therapy box. (I personally will use a tanning booth once a week)
Find creative ways to meet up with friends: Meet in a parking lot with coffee and chat from the car. Zoom a game or TV show with friends to laugh. Take the dogs to the dog park. Meet a friend to grocery shop. (all while maintaining physical distancing).
TALK on the phone vs texting - this increases connection.
Get physical exercise.
Consider seeing a professional.
You are not alone. It will take some work and resolve but reach out. You will be helping yourself and others.