The Norman Transcript

Features

January 17, 2013

Tips on beating the winter blues

NORMAN — The holiday season has passed, special gatherings are over, the decorations are (hopefully) put away, and life has returned to our typical day-to-day pattern. Here are winter wellness tips for adults and all ages, just not seniors. The topic of depression is important, particularly at this time of the year, for gerontological professionals.

Some adults experience a sense of sadness immediately after the busy months of November and December. Frequently, the intense energy that goes into planning and looking forward to all the activities during the holidays can leave one with a feeling of disappointment that “it’s over:, and for many adults, the physical fatigue can be prominent. Post-holiday blues may last a few weeks into January, with the hallmark complaint of feeling sad the holiday season is over.

Older adults can be at particular risk for post-holiday blues for a number of reasons:

Holiday reminders of memories “then” and “now” — separation of families during is difficult, particularly if your home was the gathering place for your family in years past. Memories of loved ones can be particularly acute during this time of year.

Unrealized holiday expectations — significant planning went into family togetherness events. These gatherings can be stressful, particularly if there are family conflicts that arise.

Spending the holidays alone increases the risk of depression.

Feeling sad or down all through the winter months may be a form of depression know as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) Some typical symptoms experienced include: feeling sad, a lack of restful sleep, feeling tired resulting in less physical activity, social withdrawal and changes in eating patterns that include carbohydrate craving that can increase weight.

Strategies to beat the winter blues

· Talk with someone if you are feeling blue. If you are the type of person that knows you feel down during the winter months each year, tell your family, friends and healthcare provider. Make a plan to stay connected and allow those who care about you to support you wellness.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Senior organizations that appeal to conservatives

    Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any advocacy organizations for seniors other than AARP? I cut up my AARP card a few years back when they supported Obamacare and am now looking for another organization that better represents me....

    July 29, 2014

  • Seniors adjust to different sleep patterns

    According to the National Institutes of Health, older adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. However, sleep patterns change with age; this is often evident in the nursing home population. Frequent causes of interrupted sleep ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Ceremony marks opening of community center

    A July 23 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the addition of another feature to the Chickasaw Nation Carter service campus in Ardmore....

    July 27, 2014

  • Chickasaw Cultural Center a terrific place to visit

    SULPHUR — The Chickasaw Cultural Center is a magnificent tribute to a proud people and their storied heritage. Located an easy hour’s drive south from Norman, it’s among the finest travel destinations in Oklahoma. Set on 109 scenic acres, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisoner re-entry planning for offenders with mental illness

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental health issues, re-entry into society can be troublesome. That is the topic in the first of the 2014 Fall ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Exhibit takes families on food expedition

    If your palate enjoys culinary diversity or if you’re interested in introducing new flavors to your family, join the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in tasting international delights and create your own treat during Family ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Resident makes art in new home

    There’s an old saying about a picture being “worth a thousand words,” which took on a literal meaning recently....

    July 27, 2014

  • Parents should work on themselves first

    I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they’re having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the problem — they are. All this time (however long ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Helping cat with first veterinarian visit

    Dear Dr. Fox: A stray kitty adopted me a couple months ago and has since been tamed enough that I have found a vet to neuter him and do some much-needed dental work. My fear is that the poor boy will be so traumatized by this ordeal that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Veterans Corner needs volunteer to drive residents to OKC VA

    Veterans Corner volunteer of the week David Sudduth has been with us for the last eight years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served during the Vietnam War. David and his wife, Carolyn, have had their home in the Newalla area ...

    July 23, 2014