A Look into Seasonal Depression

Written by Marla. Posted in Blog

Throughout the year, many may experience a noticeable shift in their attitude or overall demeanor. The most obvious is when we go from warm, relaxing days where care-free time is spent with our family and friends at the beach or lounging by the pool to the frigid, and unforgiving temperatures of winter where we find ourselves bundled up and indoors most of the season.

For myself, I tend to have a more positive and cheerful mood during the warmer months of summer. The sun is out and shining almost every day, and there’s no excuse to spend the majority of our time indoors. It’s always nice to take a dip in the pool or arrange outings with friends and families to barbeques or outdoor concerts along with road trips and camping. Overall, I think there’s more of a variety of activities to partake in during the summer that allow everyone to take a break from their busy work or school schedules and just relax.

Although winter does have its perks being that of the holiday cheer surrounding Christmas and bringing in the New Year with our loved ones, there are also a few downfalls to the chilliest season of them all. The days become shorter, and by the time many of us get off work, the sun is already setting. Not to mention, the dangerous hazards that occur ranging from icy roads to getting our vehicles stuck in the snow making our typically normal and hassle-free commute to work the biggest challenge.

For some, the changing of seasons may not be as simple as just adjusting daily routines and getting involved in activities more fit for the winter. Seasonal depression, a subtype of major depressive disorder that has a negative impact on one’s health during the colder months, can take its toll on many.

During the winter, I do notice a mild change in my energy levels and lack of desire to go outside and face the skin-nipping weather. I’d much rather spend more time in my warm bed snuggled up underneath the blankets reading a good book or nestled in front of the fireplace. However, these subtle changes in attitude are only mild compared to the effects of seasonal depression.

Symptoms of seasonal depression can range from oversleeping and irritability to feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of death or suicide. A lot of these symptoms may be the result of the drastic change in sun exposure that one experiences during the days in winter compared to summer along with not receiving as much Vitamin D from the sun. This may help explain why your energy is a bit more down than usual since the sun can play such a major role in our bodies’ different cycles, and when we aren’t getting enough of its benefits by getting outside and being active, different health problems start to arise.

So, you may be wondering, “How can I combat the effects of season depression?”. Dr. Victoria Kelly, an adult psychiatrist at UTMC suggests getting a start at preventing the oncoming effects of the disorder as early as September. To do so, she recommends maintaining an exercise routine, getting enough Vitamin D by being out in the sun or supplementation with a doctor’s approval along with phototherapy.

Prior to writing this blog, I hadn’t heard of phototherapy and now find the process very interesting. The treatment includes sitting in front of a UV-filtered lightbox for thirty minutes at a time while doing normal, everyday tasks such as checking emails or having a cup of coffee. It’s also important to note that the treatment provokes improvement in three-quarters of its patients.

I believe that during this season, it is very important to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to take care of yourself. With the drastic change in weather and the amount of sunlight decreasing dramatically, everyone should be devoting a little extra time to making sure that their health is in check even though the snow and icy weather outside is tempting us to just stay in nestled up as opposed to the summer where the warm weather is constantly calling.

Although seasonal depression may have its effects on those who suffer from the disorder, it’s crucial to know that there is always help for those in need. If you suspect you may have seasonal depression, and it’s beginning to take a major toll on your daily life, it’s highly recommended to contact your physician to discuss different options for guidance and treatment.                                

New Year, New Chin!

Written by Marla. Posted in Blog

The holidays are quickly approaching, and many of us are probably shopping all over town searching high and low for the perfect gifts for family and friends. With the stress of making sure everyone is gifted well along with the coordination of Christmas outings and get-togethers, why not reward yourself this year with a cosmetic procedure?

Now that winter has arrived, it’s the perfect time to have a cosmetic enhancement done. I think that receiving a treatment during this time of the year is ideal because it allows you to heal up in time for the warmer months when you can better show off your results. The healing processes for some procedures can take up to several months to heal so why not consider having one done now so you’re all set for the beach and your new swimsuit this upcoming summer?

                An area on my face that I, and I’m sure many others struggle with, would be my chin. This area is stubborn in general when trying to make look picture-ready for holiday photos or visiting with family/ friends. That’s why I’m glad that an array of procedures are offered to fix these types of imperfections.

                Instead of turning to cosmetics or clothing that hide the imperfections of our chins, Luxe Laser in Maumee, OH is presenting clients with different options as to what they can have done to eliminate any self-consciousness they may have regarding their chin area.

                If you aren’t too keen about invasive surgeries, then CoolSculpting would be an excellent option. Since I’m not very familiar with invasive procedures and may be hesitant to have these treatments done right away, I think that CoolSculpting would be the best way to go since it requires the least downtime and can be repeated over time if needed. I also think it would be the best option to ease someone into having procedures done in the chin area especially if it is their first time, and it’s the least intimidating out of all the treatments offered.   

                If I was looking for more noticeable results or results that catered more to my desired look, I’d consider receiving either the Kybella treatment or Smart Lipo. Kybella would be the chin-treatment I’d have done if I were seeking a modest difference in the appearance of my chin while Smart Lipo would be quintessential for a more dramatic result with just a single treatment. Smart Lipo also possesses the capability of tightening loose skin as well which is also a plus!

                Overall, I think that having a chin-treatment done this holiday season would be the perfect gift either for oneself or a loved one. I believe that the results from these procedures have such positive effects on clients and make the process of receiving cosmetic enhancements hassle free. What’s not to love?

Starting the New Year off Right for your Weight Loss Journey

Written by Marla Gootee. Posted in Blog

The new year is just right around the corner, and a lot of us have probably decided that our New Year’s Resolution will be to lose weight and eventually achieve the body we’ve always wanted while improving our health at the same time.

There’s a lucky few of us who maintain this resolution throughout the new year and are fortunate enough to see results. However, for most people, the shedding of excess pounds may not come as easy. With temptations constantly surrounding us and work or school schedules becoming overwhelming and consuming most of our time, the initial goal of weight loss seems to get more and more unrealistic.

A problem that I have experienced myself in the past when setting a goal to lose weight as my New Year’s Resolution, is a lack of motivation and the frustration that accompanies when I don’t see results at the pace I would like. I feel as though my new diet and exercise regime is going well initially, and there’s no way I can’t be losing a significant amount of weight. But when I observe the number on the scale, I’m quickly disappointed.  

I think this is a common problem amongst people who desire to lose weight and become healthy. As soon as they notice that they are not losing weight quickly or seeing results right away, they no longer see the point in maintaining a healthy diet along with exercising. Many expect the process to happen overnight and fail to realize that the journey to losing weight is a long one that requires a lot of dedication. Some may even experience plateaus throughout their weight loss journey where their weight doesn’t seem to shift in the direction they’d prefer, and this can become quite discouraging.

It’s important to note that when losing weight, serious commitments must be made in one’s life. These can include basic changes such as making sure that we are purchasing and consuming the right foods along with controlling portions, designating certain times of the day to exercise or being physically active whether it be training at the gym or just going for a brisk walk in the park. We must be aware that even though these new changes in our lives may not bring desired results immediately, we should still strive to maintain them to achieve noticeable results. Not all results may be conveyed through our physical appearance either. One may notice a change in energy. endurance or strength before they see the weight come off.

Since we are discussing the topic of weight loss, and I’ve hopefully sparked your interest in starting a new, healthy lifestyle for 2018, Fairwood Health & Body Transition located on Monroe St. in Toledo is now offering multiple procedures to patients to help them achieve the bodies and overall health that they’ve always wanted. Potential clients may be interested in their five-week program which helps individuals lose between 15 and 20 pounds, their 12-week program where 30-50 pounds can be shed along with a maintenance program that helps them maintain the healthy lifestyle habits they’ve learned while participating in the program(s). At Fairwood, clients are also offered hormone-balancing nutrients to boost their energy levels along with whole-body vibration, infrared sauna, and detox body wraps.

 With facilities like Fairwood opening their doors to those struggling to obtain a healthier lifestyle, I feel as though many will remain committed to losing weight especially with all the support offered by professionals who specialize in weight loss.  They want to see you lose the pounds and help you keep them off. Many people give up on losing weight simply because they do not have the self-motivation or others cheering them on from the sidelines. With Fairwood Health & Body Transition, they want to see you succeed and offer treatments that will greatly aid in your weight loss journey. 

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