Keeping Spirits High: Warding Off Seasonal Depression

by 
Living Livita
December 18, 2023
Senior depression

When the seasons change, our moods change with it. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, a lot of people find themselves dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Thankfully, there are several strategies and treatments for senior depression that you can employ to keep your spirits high and ward off the winter blues.

Keeping Your Mood Up in Your Retirement Home

By incorporating these strategies into your daily life, you can ward off the winter blues and keep your spirits high. Depression in older adults is very real, so taking every step you can to avoid seasonal sadness is of the utmost importance.

Embrace the Outdoors

Exposure to natural light can boost your mood and energy levels. Take short walks during daylight hours, engage in outdoor winter activities like sledding or ice skating, or simply sit on your porch and soak in the winter scenery.

Light Therapy

Special lightboxes that emit bright, white light mimic natural sunlight and can help regulate your circadian rhythm and boost your mood. Consider incorporating a light therapy session into your daily routine.

Maintain a Routine

Regular sleep patterns, mealtimes, and exercise routines can provide a sense of structure and control over your life. Getting enough rest, eating nutritious meals, and incorporating light physical activity into your daily schedule can make all the difference.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise has been proven to have a positive impact on mood and mental well-being. Even short, daily workouts can help alleviate symptoms of seasonal elderly depression. However, always be sure to speak with your healthcare provider before engaging in physical activity.

Practice Mindfulness

Dedicate some time each day to mindfulness practices, such as deep breathing exercises or guided meditation. Apps and online resources can be valuable tools for those new to meditation.

Stay Connected

Isolation can exacerbate feelings of sadness and depression in seniors. Make an effort to stay connected with loved ones, even if you can't be with them in person. Video calls, phone conversations, and social media can help you maintain those essential human connections.

Plan Enjoyable Activities

Engage in hobbies, read a good book, or explore a new interest. Filling your schedule with activities that bring you joy can boost your overall mood and provide a sense of purpose.

Decorate Your Space

Brighten up your living space with colorful decorations and artwork. The lack of natural light during the winter can make your home feel dull and uninspiring. Taking the time to make sure your space is a bright and happy place can make a world of difference.

Seek Professional Help

Depression symptoms in seniors can be severe or persist for an extended period of time, if that is the case, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Mental health professionals can provide therapy, medication, or other treatments that can help you.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

It's always best to eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to keep your body and mind healthy. Nutrient-dense foods can help stabilize your blood sugar and energy levels.

Set Realistic Goals

Set achievable goals for yourself during the winter months. This can give you a sense of accomplishment and boost your self-esteem. Start with small tasks and gradually work your way up to larger ones.

Livita Cares About Senior Mental Health

When it comes to aging and depression, Livita cares. Our retirement residences are made to keep every senior safe, but also happy. We have many activities to keep them occupied and encourage reaching out to family and friends all year round.

To learn more about our services and what we offer, contact us today!

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