Winter Blues

As we head into the prime time for winter blues, I want to look at what we typically recommend to prevent or combat this condition. In psychiatry, winter blues is sometimes referred to as seasonal affective disorder. According to UptoDate®, treatment options include light therapy, psychotherapy, vitamin D supplementation and antidepressants if indicated. But I feel that we have omitted to discuss some simple strategies that may help.

Here are few of  my personal thoughts on how to deal with the gloomy winter blues.

Healthy human connection is vital to lift our spirits. Throw a party. Connect with friends and families. Enjoy in good company.


If social interaction doesn’t uplift your mood, how about treating yourself to a cup of chai latte or whatever indulgence you crave?  Get a good book, a cozy blanket and lose yourself in a good story.


But more importantly, nothing is as powerful as receiving kindness from those around us. If you see someone who may be suffering from the winter blues, try to spread some warmth with a pinch of patience, a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter and a heap of love.


I have absolutely no scientific evidence that these strategies may help treat the winter blues. But what’s the harm in trying?

What about you? How do you overcome the winter blues?


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My name is Cynthia Leung and I am a practicing pharmacist in Kingston Ontario, Canada. This blog is for me to share my ideas, opinions and perspectives on how medications are used in our health care system. Note that these posts are my own opinions and do not represent the opinions of my current or former employers and / or organizations that I may belong to. Any possible case scenarios described in my posts would be modified to maintain patient confidentiality. This blog is not a platform for professional advise for patients or health care providers and the content is not meant to support any clinical decisions or replace professional opinions. Also the images are either taken or created by the author, or adapted with permission. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts!

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