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Strategies to cope with the "winter blues"
Seasonal Mental Health

Coping with the “Winter Blues”

Do you feel gloomy when the seasons change? Does your energy level get sapped? You may have the "winter blues" or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that's related to the changing of seasons. In the winter, it can be caused by things like shorter days, colder temperatures, less sunlight, and less activity. Here are some things that can help SAD: Be active - connect with friends, take on projects, learn new things, and help others. Spend time outside on sunny days to get more vitamin D.   Exercise to reduce stress and make you feel happier.  …
Learn to Live Team
December 20, 2023
Seasonal Mental Health

5 Ways to Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day

How do you feel about Valentine's Day? I have seen this holiday trigger reactions at both ends of the continuum. Some people embrace all that is red and pink, while others can't wait for it to be over. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I'd like you to think about Valentine's Day in a different way this year - not just as a blatant reminder of a lack of companionship OR solely as a way to immerse yourself in all things romantic.
Dr. Russ Morfitt
February 4, 2016
swimsuit anxiety crowded beach
Seasonal Mental Health

Summertime! Swimsuit Anxiety…

I love to hear stories of personal growth. I'm a psychologist; it's a big part of what we do. Now and then I like to feature the voice of someone sharing their own story in their own voice. Summer is a season for grilling and swimming with family and friends. Sadly, for many it's also a time for anxiety about appearance.
Dr. Russ Morfitt
July 15, 2015
Seasonal Mental Health

Take Social Anxiety Off Your Thanksgiving Menu

Halloween has passed and the holiday season is in full swing. This week, thoughts turn to turkey, pumpkin pie, gratitude, football and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. For some, Thanksgiving is a welcome day of food, family, and relaxation. For people living with social anxiety, it may be anything but relaxing. Instead of dreaming about food and the game, they may be concerned about making it through the day because of all the possible social anxiety triggers:
Dr. Russ Morfitt
November 24, 2014