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Cold weather, icy streets and fewer hours of sunlight are just a few of the challenges that come along with wintertime. The uncertainty and potential for isolation associated with the COVID-19 health crisis add another layer to these regular seasonal challenges. While the holiday spirit and fun in the snow can be a reason to celebrate, the pandemic and winter season can take an emotional and physical toll on many people. For example, some individuals experience a specific kind of wintertime depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may be compounded by the challenges of social distancing and staying at home. Below are some tips to help you navigate the season.
Managing overall wellbeing
There’s evidence that people with impaired vision are more likely to experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) than fully sighted people1. On top of that, the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing policies in place have worsened anxiety and isolation around the world2. So during this season, it is important to be aware of and manage your mental health.
Managing physical health
It’s important to find ways to safely monitor and take care of your physical health, including continuing with wet macular degeneration treatment.