Chasing winter blues away

North Platte, Neb. (KNOP) - When wintertime blues set in, finding ways to battle sadness and depression is important. Roxie Chase of Chaser's Greenhouse gives ideas how plants, among other things, can help.

Wintertime blues can range from brief sadness to very serious Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), according to the Mayo Clinic. The more serious can be treated by a physician.

Typically, late fall or early winter is when seasonal depression hinders its victims. Signs can include:
* Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
* Losing interest in activities
* Low energy
*Having problems sleeping
*Changes in appetite or weight
*Feeling sluggish or agitated
*Having difficulty concentrating
*Feeling hopeless, worthless, or guilty
*Negative thoughts

Roxie Chase and her family went through a fire at their greenhouse in August, yet she remains optimistic, and has rebuilt. Of season depression - or winter blues (depending on severity) she offers advice which she finds effective.

"Plants love light, and light is good for you," she said. "So, if you have plants, you have to have a lighted house. So that's good."

She recommends seeding plants, and says it is her favorite thing to do this time of year. "You could also seed some. You can get some potting mix and seed up some really cute nice little plants like herbs for your window sill or maybe some green grass with some bulbs in it for this Easter coming up."

She recommends essential oils (which come from plants), or potpourri to alert senses. She said pets can help, too. "Bundle yourself and your pet and go for a short walk in the snow," she said.

Chaser's greenhouse is currently closed while they begin their planting for the spring season. They will open again late March/early April. Chase said that plants can be found at Wal-Mart, other nurseries in the area that might be open, or online. She also said if someone really needs a plant that they can contact her and she will help them out.