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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. We are here to provide comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

It’s November, the weather is getting colder, and we’re spending more and more time indoors. Spending time outdoors and getting some exposure to sunlight is always a great way to boost your mood. But, what do you do when it’s freezing outside, and you just want to stay indoors all warm and cozy? Harvard Health Publishing has some pointers to help you out this fall/winter season:

Exercise and a healthy living style are a great way to ensure that your mood stays bright even when you’re stuck inside. Meditation is another way to keep your mind centered and stress at bay.

Light therapy is another option to help you get the benefits from sunlight without having to go outdoors. For the most benefits, it’s suggested that you use a light box that produces about 10,000 lux (without ultraviolet wavelengths). Position the light box about 12-18 inches from you for 30 minutes in the morning after you wake up.

If you do notice that your mood is affected by the winter weather, be sure to give a trusted psychiatrist a call to set up an appointment. 

For psychiatrists who care about your mental well-being, come to see us at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA.