Winter brings with it the beautiful holiday season and, for those of us in the Black Hills, a
majestic snow-covered landscape. This is the time of the year to gather with family, to
welcome in the New Year, to hit the slopes, to rejoice. But sadly, not everyone is able to
enjoy the gifts of Winter.
This is also the time of year in which people are often reminded of their difficulties. Winter
can also bring feelings of melancholy, isolation and depression for many. SAD, or Seasonal
Affective Disorder, is a very real thing and can lead to more severe issues. Living in the
Black Hills climate means that during the winters, we spend a lot of time inside, away from
the precious Vitamin D of the sun. Vitamin D deficiency can be a significant factor in
It’s important that we reach out to those who are suffering, during this season most
particularly, and find ways to include them and bring them joy. Call a friend you haven’t
seen in a while, make a date to get together. On a practical note, when you’re feeling low
your entire being can be affected. You’re more susceptible to colds and flu’s. Your immune
system can be suppressed. And you may experience inflammation more severely, which
can have a profound effect upon the body, mind and spirit.
It’s not uncommon for people with depression to also experience injuries. Depression can
also impact your body’s ability to recover from injury.
If you are experiencing sadness this winter season, here are some things you can do:
Develop a support system. Let your friends and family know that you are not feeling
your best. Ask for what you need – if it’s just time with people who care about you,
or something more specific. Allow the people in your life to know how they might
make the situation just a little bit better.
Check in with your health care practitioners. Your doctors, nurses, chiropractors,
dentists and wellness specialists are there to provide care to your entire being. Your
doctor doesn’t need to write you a prescription to be involved in your health and
wellness. Knowing what issues you’re facing is an important part of providing care
and guidance. It also establishes a baseline, so that as they check in with you
regularly they are informed about what changes you may be experiencing.
Give to others. Providing care and compassion to other people will not only help
remind you of what you have, it may actually improve your outlook and your
situation. Even an hour of time dedicated to someone in greater need than yourself,
can warm your own heart and make your day better. Reach out to local churches,
community centers and missions to see what you may be able to offer. Make a
financial donation to the Humane Society (they’re still dealing with the recent
rescue of 75 neglected and emaciated animals from North Pennington County).
Spend an afternoon at the Cornerstone Mission, preparing and serving warm meals
to the community. Or, knit a hat and scarf and wrap it around one of the President
Statues in downtown Rapid City, for the homeless, on behalf of the Hope Center.
Giving is a great way of receiving joy for yourself and will be much appreciated by
those in need during these cold winter months.
Lastly, but most importantly, be kind and compassionate to yourself. Life can be
hard and winters are often a reminder of what may be missing in our lives. We
spend much of our time indoors and alone, during this season. Find ways to make
that time joyful. Invite friends in to a potluck dinner. Treat yourself to a soothing
massage. Get our Vitamin D! Spend time with the people who remind you of how
wonderful you truly are. Avoid anyone and anything negative or harmful.
Rushmore Family Chiropractic values each and every one of you. We want to know how
you are feeling and how we can help you feel even better.