Fighting the Winter Blues: Using Family and Friends to Stay Happy

When it comes to your health, mental health is usually never discussed. However, it is an important topic for everyone that needs to be discussed more often and more openly. One of the biggest problems for retirees and older adults is depression. When this sets in, it can be hard to get out of unless you are properly prepared to deal with it. By taking the time to explore all of the different options that you have for fighting depression, it will be a lot easier for you to get the relief that you deserve.


The taboo associated with depression and other mental illnesses is shrinking. It is actually becoming much more acceptable to discuss such issues and seek the help that is needed. When you are facing any type of mental health situations, you should always talk to your doctor. During the winter months, it becomes harder to get out and about as you get older if you live in cold climates. Therefore, it’s common for seasonal depression to set in. The good news comes in two parts: first, people of all ages can experience this. Secondly, you can find solutions right in front of you.


Make an obvious effort to spend more time with your family and friends during the winter months. If you can’t get out as much, ask them to come spend time with you. Invite people over so that even when you can’t get out, you can still interact and have something to stave off the loneliness and isolation. Schedule weekly events with family and friends so that you always have something to look forward to. While these might seem like silly, mildly mundane tasks, they are things that will keep you moving and stop the feelings of depression from setting in.


Too often, mental health is overlooked because no one wants to talk about it. However, you should be talking about it and you should know that there are things that you can do about it, as well.