Feeling blue? How Oklahomans are dealing with being weary of winter

Posted on: 2:29 pm, February 6, 2014, by , updated on: 06:35pm, February 6, 2014

EDMOND, Okla. – While the snow may be pretty, many Oklahomans are feeling worn out with winter.

Whether it is the fact that children are stuck in the house or the hassle of driving in bad weather, winter has been known to take its toll on your health.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is especially common this time of year.

Officials say it can impact anyone but is more common in women but they stress there are steps you can take to avoid the seasonal sadness.

Dave Blew, with Bayless Travel, says he has seen an increase in the number of travelers wanting to get out of Oklahoma.

He said, “They’re just like, ‘We’re sick of this. We want to get out of here.”

Blew says most are just wanting to escape winter.

He said, “We want to go in the next week or two.”

Dreams of Florida or a distant island are warming their thoughts at a time of year where experts say a lot of people start feeling a little blue.

Dr. Melissa Rich, with Christian Counseling Associates, said, “Low energy, sadness, sleeping a lot, eating a lot.”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is in full swing.

It’s a type of depression that tends to be felt when winter rolls in.

Rich said, “It’s usually in late fall through winter.”

Dr. Rich says when Seasonal Affective Disorder hits, a person will load up on carbohydrates or sugar.

She said, “If you know a storm is coming, have a lot of fruits and vegetables in the house. Make a pot of soup.”

She says one of the best ways to feel better is to stay active, inside or out, and get a daily dose of sunlight.

Dr. Rich said, “Make it fun. A lot of times if you do something productive, then you feel better. You don’t feel like you’ve just been sitting and being this blob on the couch.”

Natalie Hudkins and several other parents took their kids to the new Mitch Park YMCA in Edmond.

Hudkins said, “It’s crazy, look out the window and you have the snow and inside you have this tropical pool.”

While a pool may not seem like the first choice on a snowy day, it was definitely packed.

Hudkins said, “We like to get outside but today it’s too cold to even play in the snow for a very long time.”

Experts say with so many cold days, it can be easy for Seasonal Affective Disorder to really set in.

So, getting out, whether to the pool or in the snow, can really help your overall attitude.

Hudkins said, “It’s a great way for the kids to get some exercise and not be in front of the TV or video games all day.”

Experts say a good way to battle Seasonal Affective Disorder is to get as much sunlight as you can.

Even if you’re inside, open those curtains to let the light in.

The light can really help you feel a little less blue.