Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Springtime Emotional Support: Recognizing Depression

Although springtime seasons in an era of sunshine and growth, it also can cause depression. This can be especially true with pediatric cancer patients. Why? Patients do not have the same opportunity as their friends to embrace the year’s first warmth, sun or good rain.

Here are a few things to remember:

  1. Discuss with your doctor about ways to take a few moments in the sun. Whether it is taking an assisted short walk at the hospital, or placing your chair so the sun hits you.
  2. Try indoor gardening-check out some tips on this here
  3. Make sure to communicate with someone you trust if you are feeling depressed-be honest and express your emotional hardships
  4. Dedicate your time inside to doing something that makes you happy and helps you cope with this new routine
  5. Recognize seasonal triggers. Is there a certain time in the year that you find yourself overwhelmed? Depressed? Try to seek out the root of this trigger and begin to cope with it

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