“Its cold out” is the first thing that comes to mind as I sit to write down some brief thoughts. I have been with Northern Tier Counseling for 20 years now and I am still not a fan of these bitter cold days. The past 20 years have gone by so fast for me, too fast actually, but working with the giving, dedicated, positive staff of Northern Tier Counseling continues to be the greatest part of my work day, even when the days are bitter cold.
Although the snow falls can be beautiful, the single digit temps, shorter days, and lack of sunlight can wear on all of us. Particularly for individuals who struggle with clinical depression or seasonal affective disorder. I find that these individuals are very aware of how the different seasons affect their depression. One great piece of news is that the days are now getting longer! The long days of winter for these individuals can be very demanding. Staying active can be difficult, but it is very important to try and do so. Exercise and movement helps boost one’s adrenaline levels. For those of us that can exercise, it also makes you feel like you have more energy, as well as helping to lift your spirit. As I mentioned in my earlier comments, artificial sun light lamps are also utilized by individuals that have depressive type symptoms. These lamps help substitute the loss of natural sun light without the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. It’s recommended that these lamps start to be utilized in the fall when the days start getting shorter. Use is recommended daily for 20 to 30 minutes right through the winter months. These lamps are not a substitute for counseling, doctors recommended treatments, or medications; but they can add to one’s sense of well-being. So stay active, do not isolate from support networks or family, exercise, read a novel, and start to make plans for your spring and summer activities now.
Our mission at Northern Tier Counseling continues to be “To Welcome and Serve All Those Seeking Wellness, Renewal, And Hope.” We look forward to a new year of serving our community’s needs.
Paul DeNault, Pres./CEO