East Coast Arctic Blast

Studying During Cold Weather

Find a cozy corner by the heater, a window to look out of just in case big flaky drops of snow make landfall, a warm cup of caramel coffee and a great book to read from! When cold weather makes an appearance, this becomes the perfect time to start studying and improving your knowledge on a certain topic.

During the summer, the excuse becomes, “it’s too nice out! I can’t focus on these books.” But during fall and into the winter season, the cold weather has some of us hibernating like polar bears. This becomes an amazing time to get warm and cozy while learning new concepts, about whatever it is you would like to learn about.

Utilize the winter time to read as many book as you can! During spring, it becomes too nice out to always stay indoors to read. And during summer . . . well, that’s even harder to read through. If you’re struggling with the motivation to study, then winter time is the perfect opportunity for you to start opening up those books.

Unfortunately, winter time is also when many people develop seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is when one becomes depressed during winter time only, but the depressive symptoms go away once spring follows. If you are struggling with SAD, this does not mean that you cannot study efficiently!

What it means is that you must see a psychiatrist and get the recommended therapy. In this case, this is usually an antidepressant, psychotherapy and light therapy. But what is missing from this prescription? You guessed it! Reading. Reading keeps your mind active and distracts you from depression.

It’s winter time folks. Whether you have SAD or not, ’tis the season to get your cerebrum fired up on some awesome reading material!

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4 Replies to “East Coast Arctic Blast”

  1. Laura Gaston – I am a wife, mother of 5, and a blogger at bokendevotion.com. Having struggled with severe depression and anxiety throughout my life, I feel that I have been given a special ministry to help others who walk down this same road. Just as He called, and continues to call me from my ashes and into a life of beauty and redemption, I now hope to inspire others that Grace has no limits and that nobody is beyond Christ's reach.
    Laura Gaston says:

    I lived in North Dakota for a few years and was ruined for winter How effective is light therapy? I’ve been interested in it for a while

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Hi Laura! From my studies, I’ve heard it’s pretty effective. You just have to get the light just right though. But this is only if you’re diagnosed with SAD. If not, then you don’t need it.

  2. Laura Gaston – I am a wife, mother of 5, and a blogger at bokendevotion.com. Having struggled with severe depression and anxiety throughout my life, I feel that I have been given a special ministry to help others who walk down this same road. Just as He called, and continues to call me from my ashes and into a life of beauty and redemption, I now hope to inspire others that Grace has no limits and that nobody is beyond Christ's reach.
    Laura Gaston says:

    I’ve never been diagnosed with that specifically, but my depression is DEFINITELY worse in the winter than any other time. I’m extremely introverted by nature, so I truly do try and hibernate Probably doesn’t help

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      I see. Well then try to incorporate more activities during winter, like READING! Light therapy wouldn’t be prescribed to you without the diagnosis of SAD.

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