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Published by Halston Media, 2019-12-12 13:16:49

2019 Winter Guide

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Going ice fishin’

Fun and safety on local waters

BY JESSICA JAFET

Northern Westchester abounds with the DEP website) as well as a New York State Daniel Dreyer cautioned that you should quickly,”he said.
lakes and reservoirs that are home to such shing license for those aged 16 and over. check for a minimum of 3 to 4 inches of For beginners and advanced anglers
solid ice as a general rule for safety, although
sh as trout, walleye and landlocked salm- e frigid weather does not stop local the thickness may not be uniform across the alike, Longo recommends stopping in at
on. e deep freeze of Northeast winters shermen like Rob Longo from going out reservoir.He stressed that anglers should use the Cross River Bait & Tackle Shop,which
makes these waters accessible to those who for a four- to eight-hour day on the ice. e common sense when going out for the day. he consider “ground zero” for supplies,
enjoy the outdoor sport of ice shing. 21-year resident of Cross River said that the equipment, tips and information.
natural beauty and quietness make him feel “ ere are some good tips that make
According to the New York State De- like he is thousands of miles away— though sense whether it is ice shing or shing After obtaining a license and permit and
partment of Environmental Conservation, he considers it a very social activity as well. from a rowboat or even hiking,” Dreyer suiting up against severe weather elements,
the popular New York City waterways “When you ice sh, you spread out; said. “Let somebody know what you are the basics for ice shing include an auger
and reservoirs in our area that are open to there’ll be a dozen or two people on the doing, where you are going and when you (a tool used to cut a hole in the ice) along
ice and when your traps are set up, people expect to be back.” with a tip-up (a device used to suspend bait
shing include the Amawalk, Bog Brook, tend to gather and some cooking comes out, at a certain depth and has a ag to indicate
Cross River, Diverting, Middle He added that it is very important to when a sh bites),proper rods,a bucket and
Branch, Muscoot, Croton Falls, some drinks come out and wear a personal otation device anytime a scoop to keep the hole clear.
Lake Gilead,Lake Glenei- the social aspects seem to take you’re out on a body of water, even on ice,
da, Boyd Corners, East over,” Longo said. “You are as there might be little warning if it breaks “ e prize sh in the area is the brown
Branch, Titicus and with friends and family and underfoot. trout,”Longo said.
West Branch. having a good time and the
“I would dress very warmly and I would Beyond the catch, the sport allows for
Anyone who sh kind of comes second.” have another pair of dry clothes in my ve- local residents to enjoy the camaraderie of
ventures out must Safety o cials urge the hicle in case of being in an incident where others who share the love of the outdoors
have a DEP water- public to beware of the I fell through the ice; if I were able to self- on an arctic-like day.
shed recreation extricate, I would want dry clothes because
access permit possible dangers. Croton hypothermia is going to set in relatively “We joke around that there is no such
(free of charge on Falls Fire Department Chief thing as cold, there is only an absence of
heat,”he said.

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Celebrating
New Year’s Eve

with kids
BY KATE BELDERS

Ringing in the new year with children, especially needed break from smartphones or tablets, it allows kids

young children, can be tricky. Staying up until midnight to become engaged and can lead to hours of family fun.

to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new For families with younger children, Candy Land, Chutes of all ages. Get out and

year may not be in the cards for pre-school or elemen- and Ladders and the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel games celebrate the day in your

tary school-aged children. However, while midnight ball are big hits. For older children, Sorry, Monopoly or community!

drops may not be possible, families can take advantage of Risk will surely get their attention and make them forget

the entire day and plan some fun activities either at home about their Xboxes for a few minutes, at least. LOCAL EVENTS HAPPENING

or around town. ON TUESDAY, DEC. 31

Easy Do-It-Yourself Ways to MIDDAY: HOLLYWOOD COMES TO Winter Wonderland – New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Celebrate New Year’s Eve YOUR COUCH; PASS THE POPCORN! Celebrate the new year early at one of Westchester’s

Get ready to binge! Use the afternoon to hold a movie greatest winter attractions. Winter Wonderland will host

marathon to keep the family happy. Pick a theme for a special New Year’s celebration, with doors opening at 5

EARLY IN THE DAY: ENJOY NATURE AND your marathon, such as superheroes, comic book villains, p.m. and a New Year’s ball drop and pyrotechnics show

A LITTLE HOT CHOCOLATE,TOO! “Harry Potter,” animated classics, literary characters, or at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.wwin-

Starting your day with a nature walk, if the weather al- nd a new favorite movie and start watching. Remember terwonderland.com.

lows, is a great way to re ect on the past year and celebrate to pop plenty of popcorn! 10th Annual Ring in the NewYear at Noon at New Roc

the new year to come. Better yet, include some hot choco- 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., New Roc, 33 LeCount Place,

late for an added boost of cheer. Not only does this activ- EARLY EVENING: BE THE EVITE THAT EVERYONE New Rochelle; An excellent way for children ages 2-10 to

ity allow the whole family to get in on the fun, including WANTS TO GET IN THEIR INBOX! ring in the new year at noon with an exciting 3,000-plus

the four-legged family members, there are also so many Having a New Year’s party at home is always a good balloon drop. In addition to the balloon drop, there are

beautiful local trails and parks to visit such as Ward Pound idea, especially if you can invite friends and family to join many other activities to enjoy,such as face painting,clowns,

Ridge Reservation or the Blue Mountain Reservation. the fun. Even better, you can schedule your “ball drop” at a magic, games, snacks, and much more. For more informa-

time that works for you instead of waiting until midnight! tion, Google “Ring in the New Year at New Roc.”

EARLY IN THE DAY: PREPARE A NEW YEAR’S EVE When planning a party at home, the only limit is your Harlem Globetrotters,Pushing the Limits WorldTour

PILLOW AND BLANKET FORT imagination. To ring in the new year, consider letting the 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Westchester County Center; Celebrate

A unique way to celebrate the day is by creating a kids have a go at a ball-shaped piñata lled with sweet the new year with the Harlem Globetrotters! Audience

pillow-and-blanket fort in your living room. Take ad- treats. If a piñata isn’t your speed or the kids are still a bit members will enjoy “high- ying dunks”and lots of fun with

vantage of the occasion and camp out in the comfort of too young, try recreating the iconic New Year’s ball drop some of the best athletes around! For more information:

your own home! Use your fort for the rest of the day, with a homemade balloon drop in your living room. countycenter.biz/event/harlem-globetrotters/2019-12-31

whether it’s having lunch in your fort or just hanging With older children, make your party even more spe- Children’s New Year’s Eve Party

out. While it may seem silly to adults, kids love to build cial by reaching into your closet for your party clothes 11 a.m.to noon,Yonkers Public Library – Crestwood Branch;

things and then use their creations. You can play games, and getting fancy. Dressing up can seem like a lot of Have fun at the library! Children of all ages are welcome

watch movies or just talk.Try adding some glow sticks in work, but think about the awesome pictures you will to ring in the new year in the afternoon! e event will

the evening for even more fun. have for your social media! Consider adding music to include stories, games, coloring, snacks and fun! For more

While making your fort, talk to your kids about their really get the party started. Keep food simple: Cut veg- information, contact the library at 914-779-3774.

hopes for the new year. It’s never too early to explain to gies, appetizers, sandwiches and pizza are the best items Chocolate Pretzels and New Year’s Resolutions

kids what New Year’s resolutions are and how they can to have on your party menu and are guaranteed to keep 2:30-3:30 p.m.,Yonkers Public Library – Riverfront Branch;

help us focus our goals for the future. is is an excellent, everyone happy. is event is for ages 12-19. Teens can celebrate the New

stress-free way for parents and kids to connect! Going Out and About to Year with chocolate covered pretzels and by determining
MIDDAY: DID SOMEONE SAY “MONOPOLY?” Celebrate the New Year their resolutions. For more information, contact the library
at 914-337-1500 (the main number for all branches).

Take your celebration into the afternoon hours with a

board game marathon.A fun- lled game-a-thon can easi- For fun beyond your home or local park, many exciting No matter how your family spends New Year’s Eve, the

ly be tailored to the age range of the participants. Not only events are happening around town. Several of the events most important thing is to have fun and make great lifetime

does this provide everyone in the family with a much- take place earlier in the day to accommodate families memories.To all our readers, we wish you a great new year!


DECEMBER 12, 2019 – WINTER GUIDE – SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO HALSTON MEDIA – PAGE 7

Join the Westchester
Spirited Drummers for

the winter solstice
BY MARILYN JEAN YOUNG

Westchester Spirited Drummers + e called a shekere—is also common in Latin

Chapel at Croton Falls = divine inspiration. American folk traditions. Poritzky, a carpen-

“It’s magic,”said David De Palo.“ e cha- ter by trade, quickly learned how to make

pel is simply a magical place for us to play! his own shekere. He now has a collection in

e acoustics are wonderful. e high-domed many shapes and sizes which he brings to the

ceiling and stained glass windows amplify the drumming circles for others to play.

vibrations of the sounds we create. And the e shekere has the unique character-

energy in the space, which is so welcoming istic of being able to follow the main beat

and conducive to gathering, uplifts the spirit while contributing its own distinctive tone.

so that the music becomes transformative— Adding to the shekeres are a variety of

it’s powerful and mystical; you lose yourself other available percussives: rattles, shakers,

and become one with the group and tambourines, bells and more.

the music. Drumming raises your con- It is this added dimension

sciousness by raising your vibration and of di erent sounds that en-

transports you into a place of joy, which Join in: Westchester Spirited Drummers meet at The Chapel PHOTO COURTESY OF MARILYN JEAN YOUNG
is your true self.”
of Croton Falls, 609 Route 22, Croton Falls, at 7:30 p.m. on the circle. All are welcome to this free event.
De Palo is a longtime member of this first Friday of each month. A $10 donation is appreciated. Everyone is also welcome to join the drum-
drumming group,an accomplished drum-

mer, and the inventor of JumpDrum, a mers for the 10th anniversary celebration

drumming workout. He is also a very tice those who might other- ming group members connect through of the now traditional solstice service at the

compassionate and gifted guide—gen- wise be intimidated to join in. Meetup or Facebook. But, they agree that chapel (6 p.m., Dec. 22) to enjoy the trans-

erously coaching novice drummers who From “steering-wheel” tappers the experience of a drumming group— formative vibrations which will usher in the

timidly join in, some never having touched a to those well-versed in drumming, “We all whether participating by playing, dancing light. From complete darkness, the chapel will

drum before. No need for reluctance here— have a heartbeat,feel that beat,connect with or listening—is transportive: cathartic, mes- be slowly illuminated, candle by candle, to re-

his open and gentle heart embraces all. that beat, connect with spirit through that merizing, enrapturing, meditative, trance- veal the magni cent Christmas decorations

e welcoming energy of the chapel is beat,radiate that out to the world and watch like, blissful, spiritual, a unique connecting. donated each year by the Outhouse family.

mirrored by the originator of this drum- everyone smile,” Poritzky said. Another descriptive term often used is Wayne and Cathy Outhouse were married in

ming group, Je rey Poritzky. Following that beat is co-organizer Rick “healing.”Shamanic drumming ceremonies the chapel 30 years ago with the organ being

“We invite everyone and anyone to join Taylor, who brings to the group his lifelong have been used for healing by ancient tradi- played by June Tompkins, who is now pastor.

in. You don’t even have to play, you can just a nity for rhythmic sounds as well as his tions for centuries.Today, there is much sci- e chapel, in true community spirit,

sit and listen and enjoy the beat—it’s medi- collection of percussives (djembes, a bu alo enti c evidence that sound, particularly of opened its doors and its heart not only to

tative,” Poritzky said. drum jokingly nicknamed “Bu y,” maracas, a drum, is healing. Drum therapy is being this drumming group but to interfaith ser-

e drumming group, his brainchild, thunder tube, Hammerax cymbals) with, used to treat a multitude of physical, men- vices (third Sunday of each month); hence,

came about as a result of his love for per- center stage, a large wind gong! For Taylor, tal and emotional conditions. e vibration the solstice celebrations. Begun by Pastor

cussion instruments. A self-described Dead the connection that results from the inter- reduces stress, boosts the immune system, Hans Hallundbaek and initiated by Rev.

Head,Poritzky followed the famed group on action of rhythmic vibrations—or entrain- changes brain waves and a ects heart rate. Deborah Moldow, an interfaith minister,

tours whenever he could,soaking up the per- ment—creates a non-verbal communication Poritzky experienced this rsthand when this tradition continues under the leader-

cussive sounds and being enveloped by the that evolves and changes between drummers. he sat by his girlfriend Lesley’s hospital bed ship of Rev. Melanie Gambino who brings

communal spirit, jamming with impromptu “Communication is not limited to the and watched her heart rate normalize on her teaching talents to explore and appreci-

circles between sets. e spirited feeling of small range of channels the world typi- the monitor while he drummed. He also ate the wisdom of other faith traditions.

community became his passion and eventu- cally recognizes,” he said. “Drumming has has witnessed transformations in patients Dating back to 1895, the chapel, a mem-

ally the vision for this drumming group. It is hooked me in a surprising, deep way. Wish while participating in Drumming rough ber of the Presbyterian Church USA, is a

its core and was the inspiration for its name. I had taken it up years ago. e energy is Dementia, an outreach organization of progressive Christian church marching to

But—surprise —Poritzky does not play the incredible—elemental, primal, thrilling— Westchester County. And, Westchester the beat of a di erent drummer.

drums! Along the way, he discovered a sound especially when we all sync up and get con- Spirited Drummers is currently featured

that intrigued him even more than the drum nected. And, it’s organic; far more human- in a documentary on the healing power Marilyn Jean Young is a writer interested

beat, a sound made by shaking and tapping a izing than connecting through technology.” of drumming. “Rhythms of Life” will be in sound healing for people, animals, and the

dried gourd covered with a weaving of beads. Nonetheless, while indigenous cultures shown at the Ridge eld Library on Feb. 2 environment. She is a member of Westchester

Native to West Africa, this instrument— used drumming as a “call to gather,” drum- at 2 p.m., followed by a community drum Spirited Drummers.


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A holistic guide to
ease into winter

BY JAIME ROCHE

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), late 1.TWISTING CHILD’S POSE
autumn is a valuable time of year to establish new routines and As you sit in child’s pose, slide your left
create more organization within our lives.With its strong “letting arm under your chest and toward the right
go” theme, fall invites us to nish up any old projects from the side of your body. Let the back of the your
summer months, clear out physical, mental and emotional bag- left shoulder and side of your face rest
gage and work on setting healthy limits and boundaries. When comfortably on the mat. A folded blanket
we take advantage of fall’s “metal” energy, we will notice ourselves or block can also help support your shoulder
moving into the winter and holiday season feeling peaceful as and head here. Your right arm can gently
opposed to overwhelmed, connected as opposed to scattered and stretch overhead toward the top of your
“light” as opposed to burdened. mat. Alternatively, it can also just easily rest
by your side. Hold this pose 3-5 minutes.
Below is a list of helpful strategies to move you from the late
fall season into the holiday season with a sense of order and ease. 2. PUPPY POSE
Starting from hands and knees, slowly walk
• Eat hearty, rich and warm foods: is includes meats, nuts, arms toward the front of the mat. Gently lower
sh and oils, with hints of strong avors like pepper and mustard. chest toward the ground. A block, stack of
Also eating root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, garlic and blankets or a bolster for your chest to rest on will
onion, are particularly good this time of year, as are thick-skinned provide more support for the upper body. In this
fruits such as bananas and mangoes. Cayenne, ginger and curry sequence, the focus is more on engaging your arms
promote good digestion and elimination. rather than the chest opening that this pose o ers.
• Practice breathing: Engage in a breathing-focused guided As your chest softens toward the oor, press your
meditation, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. Try an app palms rmly on the mat so that you feel your arms
such as e Breathing App to introduce breathing practices into activate. Alternatively, you can press your palms
your daily routine. together and bend your elbow to lift hand toward
• Weight train: is is a great season to start a weight training the ceiling, and perhaps, all the way to your upper
routine. e increased protein and calories we begin to crave as back. Hold for 3-5 minutes. Hold the pose for less
we move into the winter months can be useful for muscle gain. time if you’re able to bring chest (and chin) on
Weight training when done properly is also a very “mindful” ac- oor, watching for sensations in your neck.
tivity, so don’t forget to breath!
• Establish a relaxing late afternoon/nighttime routine: Fall CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
is the perfect season to begin to establish new late-day routines.
Make a cup of herbal detox tea, light a re and practice a few yin
yoga poses that target the meridians of the season: the lung and
large intestines.

Jaime Roche, MSW, RYT is a 200 hr OM Yoga and Yin Yoga
certi ed teacher. She is a seasoned practitioner who enjoys helping
her clients develop a practice that supports their physical, mental
and emotional needs. Jaime is also a trained psychotherapist and
certi ed parent coach for Tournesol Kids, a non-pro t organization
that empowers children, families and communities by teaching
holistic healthy child development strategies. You can nd Jaime’s
current yoga class schedule as well the other services she o ers to
children, adults, families, schools and communities on her website:
thespecialneedscoach.com. To contact her directly, email jaime@
thespecialneedscoach.com.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 5. SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA
WITH CACTUS ARMS
3. PEC STRETCH WHILE PRONE
ON THE FLOOR Lie on your back. With feet close together,
let your bent knees gently splay away from the
Lying prone on the mat, spread arms center of your body. You can slide a block or
by your side out to form a “T” with blanket under each leg for support. Bend your
elbows lining up with shoulders. Palms elbows by your shoulders and allow arms to rest
are turned down. Place left cheek on the on the ground. If chest is tight and arms aren’t
ground and slide right hand under your
shoulder. Keeping your left arm and left resting comfortably on the ground, you can
side chest heavy, use your right hand to prop your arms with blankets under each arm.
help open your chest to the right side of
the mat. Head can drop down toward Hold for 3-5 minutes.
the oor or rest on a block or rolled
blanket. Hips can stack and face toward right 4. SPHINX POSE OR SEAL POSE
side of the mat. Feel the stretch along your left Start by lying down on your belly. With your elbows
side chest, especially beneath your collar bones. on the oor and under your shoulders, lift your chest

o the oor. Palms are at on the oor and line 6. SAVASANA
up with elbows. ey can angle slightly away from Lie on your back. You may place a thinly rolled
each other. You can rest your front ribs on a rolled blanket under your knees if your low back feels
uncomfortable. Let your legs straighten comfortably,
blanket or bolster to help prop your upper body close to the sides of your body. Let your entire body
o the ground. As you press your palms on the soften and release. Hold for 7-10 minutes.
oor, explore putting light pressure on the thumb
mound of your palms and through the inside
(radial) edge of your arms. Without moving your
arms, feel like drawing your elbows to your ribs
and let your collar bones broaden. Keep hips and
legs heavy on the mat. Hold for 3-5 minutes.

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A legend in See Jim Dale at
three acts The Schoolhouse Theater
BY SARAH GAYDEN

Jim Dale, a man who has traveled the world performing as in a small English village at the beginning of World War II. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13
an actor,lyricist,singer,comedian,voice actor and more,is look- Another will chronicle interesting things that have happened to 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
ing forward to returning to Northern Westchester this month him over the course of his 70 years in show business.A third will
to perform the latest act in his storied career: a set of three one- incorporate singing and music. “It could very well be that if you For tickets: schoolhousetheater.org
man shows at e Schoolhouse eater in Croton Falls. like the rst show then you’ll come and see the next one,”he said.
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Dale got his start performing in talent shows as a young To prepare, Dale has been practicing in the living room of © DOUG ABDELNOUR / BEDFORD PHOTO-GRAPHIC, INC.
boy in his native England. His career blossomed through a his Upper East Side apartment. His audience is quiet—a few

series of big leaps, and eventually he earned the prestigious portraits on the far wall that don’t emote and his dog,Gypsy,a sort of plays where, as the curtain goes up, there’s a corpse on

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an honor for Doberman who lays patiently on the oor as his owner proj- the carpet. e good thing is, you can be home by intermis-

outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences. In the ects and modulates his voice to keep his stories interesting. sion,”he said with a sly smile.

U.S., he was honored with a Grammy Award for his audio “ e dog’s the only one who appreciates the humor at Some performers might choose to accept roles like these

narration of the “Harry Potter” series. Dale nds that the the moment,” Dale said wryly. “She moans and then nally as the sun sets on a long career, but Dale will not settle.

performances he puts on at smaller theaters like e School- walks out, so I know that I’ve done enough.” With e Schoolhouse shows, Dale hopes that some

house, though, are particularly rewarding. e trip north to Croton Falls from Manhattan to perform version will end up as a play on Broadway or o , or as an

“I love a small audience.I can communicate with each and at e Schoolhouse will be a familiar one for Dale, who has audiobook that he would narrate with his melli uous voice.

every one of them over a period of one and a half to two long been a part-time resident of the area. He and his wife, Ju- First, though, he will put in the work re ning the shows.

hours,”Dale said. lia, bought land in nearby Kent years ago in an attempt to rec- at means lots of performances in smaller venues like e

He made his Schoolhouse debut last December, and said, reate the tranquility of his rst country house—a little thatch Schoolhouse, trying out his material on di erent audiences

“I found that the audience was very intelligent.” cottage in another place called Kent,the bucolic English coun- and closely observing how they respond.

Audiences who saw Dale last year won’t encounter repeat ty southeast of London. e couple converted an old barn and “One needs to polish and polish and polish before asking

material; this year,Dale plans to perform three distinct shows over the years have used it as a retreat from the noise of city life. someone related to Broadway to review a show,”he said.“I love

with material sourced from his in-progress autobiography. At the age of 84, Dale recognizes that the types of roles playing with material. And searching every sentence for humor,

One of Dale’s shows will focus on his early days growing up available to actors of his age are limited. “ ey o er the if any. I just try to keep that curtain from slowly coming down.”


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Avoid the
blues this

winter
BY JESSICA JAFET

Like many species who go into sleepy Mildred Marcus, who lives in Somers,

hibernation during the winter season, hu- said she has learned over many years dif-

mans can also experience feelings of leth- ferent ways to ght o gloominess during

argy and even sadness during the darker the cold months, though it takes some

and colder months. work.

Shorter days and a lack of access to sun- “You can’t lock yourself behind the

light, along with social isolation, can bring door because it is snowing,” she said. “You

on symptoms, said psychiatrist Dr. Rhea have to have interactions with other peo-

Johnson, whose practice is based in Bed- ple—they don’t even have to be your best

ford Hills. friends.” She said she belongs to a book

“Many people experience at this time club, knits, goes to the Somers Senior

of year, a change in terms of their overall Center and keeps up with members of her

ability to experience pleasure—they feel large family.

like it is harder to concentrate, they lose Johnson said it is important to rst

energy and just feel more sleepy; those are check with a primary care physician or a

some common complaints,” she said. psychiatrist in order to explore medical

She added that here in the Northeast, conditions such as a vitamin D de ciency

seasonally-driven feelings of unhappiness or a hypothyroid state—and then deter-

are particularly prevalent and occur four mine a course of care that might include

times more often in women as in men. medication and psychotherapy.

But when common feelings of the “win- She made the following suggestions for

ter doldrums” get to the point of interfer- the winter season ahead:

ing with one’s ability to function and en- • Increase exposure to sunlight when

joy life, either personally or professionally, possible.

they might warrant a more serious diag- • Remain physically active, preferably

nosis known as seasonal a ective disorder, during a bright light time outside.

or SAD. e condition is characterized by • Be mindful of your nutritional needs,

the National Institutes of Mental Health despite possible higher cravings for carbo-

as a type of depression where episodes fol- hydrates.

low a recurring seasonal pattern and tends • Discuss bright light therapy, which

to a ect those who live far north, and even involves exposure to 10,000 lux of cool-

far south, of the equator. e NIMH says white uorescent light from a light box,

that “people with SAD may have trouble for 20-60 minutes a day.

regulating serotonin, one of the key neu- • Keep social connections strong.

rotransmitters involved in mood.” Hibernating like a bear does not seem

Johnson explained that the reduction of to be the best approach for overall mental

the amount of light seems to be related to health during the winter.

the amount of serotonin in patients and “Especially when one feels like with-

that selective serotonin reuptake inhibi- drawing and isolating, that is the exact

tors (SSRIs/anti-depressant) medications time we need to remain in close contact

are sometimes indicated. with our social supports,” Johnson said.


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