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Winter Blahs Affect 20 Percent of People in the U.S.
Friday, January 17, 2014 by Communications

Tips from Holbrook Counseling Center to beat the Winter Blues

Chicago, IL – During this time of year, the days get shorter, there is minimal sunshine, most of our time is spent indoors with limited opportunities for outdoor activities – all this can lead to a state of depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the Winter Blues, can be described by feelings of sadness and depression that happen during the winter months. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, SAD, and its milder form the Winter Blues, affects up to 20% of people in the U.S. every year. Excessive eating or sleeping and weight gain is often associated with the depression.

Catholic Charities Holbrook Counseling Center offers the following tips to help beat the Winter Blues:
  1. Exercise Daily – Even just a little movement – like a walk around the block – can greatly improve your mood
  2. Volunteer - Helping others is a great way to boost your mood
  3. Remember you - Do something for yourself every day. Whether it is a day at the spa or watching a movie at the end of a weekday, a reward helps in feeling better
  4. Rely on your support network - Write a list of the supportive relationships in your life and keep it nearby. When you are feeling down or lonely, reach out to someone on the list. Have a cup of coffee with someone in your support network or even just a quick phone call can improve your mood
With the record setting cold temperatures being experienced these past few weeks, keeping some of these tips in mind can help keep you in your best of moods and begin looking forward to the change in seasons.

“Our 15 therapists offer a safe and inviting environment for people suffering from depression,” said Pam Davis, Director of Counseling Services. “Our clients benefit from our holistic approach with opportunities to have individual sessions, attend support groups, and have therapy as a family, to help them focus on their overall well-being in the manner that is most effective and individualized for them.”

For information about Catholic Charities Counseling Services, please call (312) 655-7725 or visit Services are provided in Chicago and in several locations throughout Cook and Lake counties. Spanish-speaking staff is available in some locations. 

About Catholic Charities
Helping people in need for more than 96 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of  the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, annually assisting more than one million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.  Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities.


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