Expert offers advice on beating the winter blues

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) The last week of January is on record as being the most depressing weeks of the year. The Christmas bills are coming in. New Year’s resolutions are pretty much broken. And if that isn’t enough, it’s dark, dreary, and cold.

“You gotta think about it this way, this is not going to last,” said Rick Snead of Beaver. “It’s only temporary. And if you stay busy, you can’t be depressed.”

According to Life Strategies owner and counselor, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t impacted by seasonal depression. “People don’t get outside. They stay inside for long periods of time. That lends itself to depression.”

This is the time, Smith advises, to get involved in social groups, whether it’s Church or simply coffee with a friend. Despite the cold temperatures, he said it is still important to at times venture outside for nature’s anti-depressant — Vitamin D.

“When you go to a waterfall for example, there are positive ions in the atmosphere around the waterfall. When you look at a screen there are negative ions. When you fill your life with negative ions, you’re going to get depressed.”

In a world where mental health is often overlooked, Smith said now is the time to elevate it.

“We’re all clued into our physical health. When something is wrong with our body, we go to the doctor. But we always seem to lag behind on mental health issues.”

In addition to more fitness routines, sunlight, and social interactions, Smith also recommends trying something new.

Annie Moore

Annie Moore

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