Its often I ask patients about how they handle the wintertime, and screen for seasonal affective disorder (read about SAD here). If you think you are someone who struggles with this, you may wish to consider the following, a combination of treatments tend to be more effective then engaging in one;
- light box therapy
- CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
- moderate exercise
- supplement with vitamin D
A small study recently showed light box therapy might be helpful (specifically during midday) with depressed mood in bipolar patients. Here is the study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, you can read the abstract for free.
Information overload is a concern for many. Keeping up with the world seems to eat up so much time. The flood of news and entertainment can be overwhelming, some feel its difficult to stop engaging with it once started! What can we do to manage this because our access to information will not go away?
This article explains the toll information overload takes on us individually and as a society, and provides tips on how to manage it... because this is not going away, lets find a better way to manage our relationships with technology! Get A Grip on Your Information Overload with Infomagical
The average American touches their phone 2,600 times a day, heavy users can double that (according to this article), if you would like to read more on how industries are built to catch your attention, discover how your attention drives a certain economy and who is falling for it, read this: How the World was Trolled
What to do about reclaiming your mind?
- try putting your phone down
- leave your phone home when you step out (start with short neighborhood trips, then extend it)
- cease answering work emails from your phone after a certain hour (instead log onto a specific device to attend to work issues like a tablet, desktop or laptop)
- turn off alerts, keep only a few essential ones
- change your screen to black and white
- use a good old fashioned clock to wake you up in the morning (can be the most difficult change for some to make!)
'Burn out' is typically associated with certain fields but can occur in any profession or lifestyle. Read the following article to learn about signs and symptoms and what you can do to improve your quality of life.