How To Avoid The Winter Blues

Larry Richert and John Shumway
January 18, 2019 - 10:50 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A lot of people fall in to depression this time of the year.

This attitude mainly stems from the cold weather and lack of sun.

Psychologist Dr. Christian Conte joined KDKA Radio on Wednesday to tell listeners how to avoid these "winter blues."

What does seasonal affective disorder do to a person this time of the year?

“You get into a season like this and it’s tough to keep your emotions up. Our circadian rhythm works on light and we don't see a lot of light during these months so we have to find alternate ways to keep ourselves going and motivated,” Dr. Conte said.

When should a person seek professional help?

“If it begins to interfere with your daily routine. The depressions of thought become really heavy and you start to lose interest in things you like to do,” Dr. Conte added.

“Our minds are always free, so you can get lost in an adventure book, you can get lost in a movie, but I say exercise your mind. Meditation and reading can really get yourself out of those blues.”

How does a person break free from the winter blues?

“Motivation isn't permanent. We think, when we set that New Year's Resolution that we'll be set for the year. You might have all the motivation in the world but you’re going to have to have motivation the next day too,” Dr. Conte explains.

“Look to resources; everything from YouTube, to the radio, to the internet. There are people out there who will be motivating. If you’re on social media, follow motivational posts and look for your motivation from others."

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