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Let PSU help you with the winter blues


Sometimes our moods changes seasonally. People may start to feel down when the days get shorter in the fall and winter—this is often referred to as “the Winter Blues.”. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is a common type of depressive disorder occurring seasonally with symptoms lasting a few months. Symptoms may include sadness, sleep changes, weight gain, fatigue, irritability and isolation.

The DC 37 Health and Security Plan’s Personal Services Unit suggests the following strategies for coping with Seasonal Depression:

  • Self-Care: Pamper yourself, get a haircut, get a massage, buy something new and refresh your home with new linens to brighten up the room.
  • Get Natural Light: During the morning and afternoon hours try to get as much natural light as possible by fully opening curtains/shades and, if possible, sit near a window or go for a walk in the morning or at lunchtime.
  • Maintain a Routine: Our bodies are regulated by a consistent sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is helpful and should improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue.
  • Stay Active: Committing to physical activity can help increase energy levels and improve one’s mood. Taking a 20-minute walk in the morning or afternoon has been proven to elevate mood, reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Eat Well: Eat a balanced diet, especially foods rich in Vitamin D: fruits and deep green or orange vegetables such as broccoli, kale and carrots, have nutrients that stimulate better mood and health.
  • Keep in Touch: Stay connected to others and meet up with friends and family members to go out for lunch or a walk, try volunteering in your community. Just stay connected—it helps to elevate one’s mood. Ask for help when you are struggling.

The DC 37 Health & Security Plan’s PSU is here to support you. To speak with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for confidential tele-therapy, please call PSU at 212-815-1250 or 212-815-1260.