An article published in The Avondhu has shared a mental health expert from Smart TMS’s advice on how to deal with the blues during winter.
Smart TMS Technician Chloe helped to produce the article with important information and advice for anyone who might be struggling.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
As explained in the article, the winter can be a hard time. Many experience feelings of depression, feeling lethargic and irritable. Experiencing less daylight can increase the symptoms of SAD which can include low energy, low mood, sluggishness and insomnia.
Tips for Boosting Mood in Winter
The article says:
“Without putting too much pressure on yourself, there are a few simple lifestyles changes you can implement to help you battle the winter blues and improve your overall mood and energy levels.”
Spend Time Outdoors
- Going outside for a walk is a known mood-booster
- The combination of sunlight and fresh air boost vitamin D and serotonin.
- Spending time in nature is known to reduce stress
Try New Things
- Studies show creativity can reduce stress and depression
- Try something new – music, art or exercise could be a good challenge
- Serotonin is a chemical thought to affect mood, sleep and wellbeing
- Lack of sunlight can disrupt its production, leaving you feeling flat
- Cutting back on alcohol and eating more fresh veg/fruit/oily fish could help
- Regular exercise is also highly recommended
- Try the Scandinavian concept of cosy and charming
- Make your house appealing with soft furnishings
- Get a warm drink and watch a movie
- Invite a friend
- Some sufferers of seasonal affective disorder can find light therapy helpful
- Special lightboxes are used to simulate sunlight and increase production of serotonin
- It can be time consuming and doesn’t work for everyone
Seek Help When Needed
The most important thing is not to ignore severe symptoms. The article concludes with advice from Smart TMS Technician Chloe Ward:
“Most cases of depression will be relatively mild, but if you’re experiencing severe symptoms, which are classified as those that seriously impact your daily life, there are also options for you.
“Don’t suffer in silence. Talking therapies can be extremely beneficial and some doctors will also recommend antidepressant medications in more severe cases.
“Alternatively, if you would prefer to stay free of medication, you may want to look into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a NICE approved mental health treatment that doesn’t require any invasive surgery or anaesthetic. It uses pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate areas of the brain known to be underactive in patients with depression.
“If you are experiencing severe symptoms of depression, persistent low mood, loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities, lethargy, irritability, feelings of despair, guilt or worthlessness, then make sure you reach out and talk to your health care provider about your options. No one should suffer in silence.”
The Avondhu provides local news for the North East Cork, West Waterford, South Limerick and South Tipperary areas of Ireland and beyond.
TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy
TMS is an innovative treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction and other conditions (PTSD, OCD). For patients who have tried medication and talking therapies without success, it offers an alternative treatment solution which involves no medication or unpleasant interventions.
Magnetic impulses are used to stimulate or modulate the function of neural circuits in the brain, a process known as ‘neuromodulation’. This can be used to help alleviate symptoms of mental illness. Over a course of treatment, patients find that they feel more positive and balanced; able to rediscover their old selves.
Smart TMS, Dublin
TMS treatment is available in Ireland with specialist provider, Smart TMS at their RTMS Dublin Clinic. The clinic offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment for a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction. Patients travel from across Ireland and Northern Ireland to access treatment.
Smart TMS’s Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Irish treatment clinic in Dublin is located at:
28/32 Pembroke Street Upper,
For any queries or to book an appointment, please contact us:
Tel: (01) 254 2514