When the busyness of the holidays has quietened down and the visitors have gone home, many people experience a letdown kind of feeling, likean emotional hangover, with accompanying weight gain and hefty credit card bills. That feeling can settle into the winter blues when missed opportunities, losses, and unrealized dreams seem to overtake hopes for the future. Because wintertime still presents many dark, gloomy days, winter blues can easily be confused with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) with its characteristic apathy and fatigue, food cravings, lack of concentration, and emotional indifference.
A talk with a therapist can help you clarify what you’re experiencing, and give you a powerful hand up. There are effective ways to cope, whether it’s the winter blues or depression.
If you or someone you love is struggling, take the first step — Talk to Fran.