For many suffering from depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder this time of year tends to be more challenging in terms health maintenance. There may be a few reasons for this:
- The year is starting to take its tall, all the late nights working, being performance focused and not really making enough time for relax and recharge may cause us to feel a little run down and tired.
- Another contributing factor in this time is that our immune systems tend to be down and we are more susceptible to illnesses like colds and flues. When our immune systems are compromised this is normally when depression and anxiety get their hooks in just adding more fuel to the fire.
- In order to prevent getting worse, we often run to the pharmacy to stock up on our cold meds, which seems like a good idea. However when you suffer from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder this might not be very helpful. Many cold medicines are stimulants, which might help to clear up that cold, but might make the depression and anxiety worse.
During this time make sure to take good care of yourself. Try to strengthen your immune system to prevent colds and flues and also make sure to get some me time and to recharge those batteries for the next half of the year.
There are many other contributing factors to a dip in your mood this time of year these are but just a few. Make sure to talk to your health care professional or pharmacist if you are unsure about which medications to take.