Darker winter months can leave you feeling sad or depressed.
According to the National Institute of Health, people often experience a higher incidence of depression at this time of year. About 4 to 6 percent of people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter.
Here are tips to help prevent or cope with seasonal depression:
1. Socialize with friends
Retirement communities like Plum Landing offer support and companionship with programs and events. With the opportunity to dine with others, you never have to face eating a meal alone.
Plum Landing also offers a wide variety of social interaction, from Coffee Hour to Happy Hour, cards, bingo, onsite entertainment, and outings off-site.
2. Get outside when the sun is out.
Take advantage of what sunlight there is during the winter months.
The University of Michigan Depression Center advises that you want to be in bright environments whenever possible. Keep your blinds open, and let in as much natural light as possible.
Plum Landing offers a bright, engaging environment, including spacious lobbies as well as shopping trips and meals out to local restaurants to get outside in the sun.
3. Eat healthy.
Your diet impacts your mood. Select meals with lean proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon. Limit your sugar intake, and increase your folic acid with foods like leafy greens, oatmeal, oranges and soybeans.
Magnesium, also found in bananas, may improve sleep and reduce anxiety — two symptoms of seasonal depression.
Plum Landing offers a "five-star" dining experience. Lunch and dinner are prepared in our kitchen by a chef and an experienced staff.
Several studies suggest that higher intakes of nutrient-dense, whole foods like whole grains, fruit, vegetables, fish, and some meat may reduce odds of developing depression.
Plum Landing, 495 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506, 630-896-5031, www.plumlanding.org