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Five Ways to Kick Winter Blues to the Curb
Posted: 12/29/2020 9:59 PM by
Winter blues can hit anyone at any age. Older adults who've experienced decades of winter's darker days are not immune. If your mom is dealing with winter blues again, there are ways to help that make her feel better. You should talk to her doctor. If she's diagnosed with the seasonal mild depression known as “seasonal affective disorder,” prescription antidepressants may be needed to help her get through the season.
If you're active helping others, it's harder to stop and focus on the fact that it's dark later into the morning and earlier in the evening. You feel accomplished helping others and can't spend much time dwelling on the things bothering you.
Set your mom up to volunteer at a local hospital or non-profit agency. If it's hard for her to drive or leave her home, she can volunteer at home helping with online transcription projects like the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers program.
Spending time outside is the best way to manage the winter blues. Your mom needs to go outside for a 30-minute walk. Even on cloudy days, some UV rays get through the clouds and help improve her mood. Plus, the fresh air helps ease stress.
If the weather isn't ideal and keeps her stuck inside, she'll benefit from using a treadmill or stationary bike. Place it so that she's exercising while watching travel videos that take her into a country setting. It's not going to be the same, but it's close enough until the ice, heavy rain, snow, or freezing temperatures end.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Your mom's diet needs to avoid added sugar and refined flour. Saturated fats are also no good. Instead, she wants a diet that focuses on whole grains, produce, and fish. Lean proteins like chicken breast are okay, but seafood is better.
Invest in a Light Therapy Lamp
A light therapy lamp mimics the natural rays of the sun. To gain the benefits, she sits near the lamp when she's reading, using her computer, or doing something else where she's sitting or lying in one spot for 10 minutes or longer.
There are flat panel lights that look like small tablet screens. If your mom would appreciate something that fits into the aesthetics of her home, a full-size lamp or desk lamp will please her.
Socialize With Others
Make sure your mom has people stopping by each week. If you live too far away and she doesn't have friends in the area, arrange companionship visits from a home care agency. Caregivers stop in for a conversation and can stay to watch movies with her or play games. Call a home care agency to arrange companionship visits.
If you or an aging loved one are considering
home care in East Millcreek, UT
, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.
Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT
Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.
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