Sponsored Post: A prescription for managing seasonal depression

With the days growing shorter and the skies darkening, the UW Neighborhood Ballard Clinic is starting to see patients whose moods match the gloomy weather. They are tired, sleep long hours and have trouble getting out of bed or leaving the house.

Dr. Sona Bhatti with a patient at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Ballard Clinic.If these complaints sound familiar, they may mark the onset of winter seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This type of depression is thought to be caused by the effect of reduced natural daylight on brain chemicals that regulate our sleep patterns and mood.

Talk with your primary care provider if you’ve experienced SAD symptoms for several years. Once they’ve confirmed a diagnosis, they can discuss these common treatment options:

Light therapy

The first line of treatment for most people is light therapy. They sit in front of a light box that delivers high-intensity white fluorescent light for about 30 minutes a day. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50 to 80 percent of daily light box users experience an essentially complete remission of symptoms when they continue treatment into spring.

The “dawn simulator” is another light therapy that can be used alone or in conjunction with a light box. This light mimics a natural sunrise. It turns on early in the morning and gradually increases in brightness to awaken people more naturally without an alarm.

Let your doctor know if your mood fails to improve after several weeks of light therapy. You should also see your doctor immediately if you have severe symptoms of seasonal depression, such as difficulty functioning at work or home, or if you are feeling unusually sad and blue. In these cases, more aggressive treatments using antidepressant medications and cognitive behavioral therapy may be necessary.

Diet and exercise

For seasonal affective disorder, as for other types of depression, the benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet cannot be overemphasized. A daily walk is a great start. Or you can take advantage of the many opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation that the Pacific Northwest offers year-round, like Ballard’s own Turkey Trot.

Finally, while many people find that these therapies – alone or in combination – can help to prevent or alleviate the symptoms of seasonal depression, some patients find that one other instruction is helpful at this time of the year. Along with shorter days, the arrival of fall often brings increased stress: summer vacations are over, school starts, and the holidays are around the corner. Enjoyable activities are needed to counter stress and keep our spirits up, so remember to have fun. We live in Ballard after all.

The UW Neighborhood Ballard Clinic is open six days a week, including evenings, and offers comprehensive patient- and family-centered primary care for the entire family throughout all stages of life. For more information about the UW Neighborhood Ballard Clinic and to make an appointment, visit uwmedicine.org/inballard or call 206.789.7777.

Celebrate our local Queen Anne businesses this Small Business Saturday

small-business-saturday-posterThis Saturday, November 26th, is Small Business Saturday – a great opportunity for you to show support for our local Queen Anne businesses by shopping in the neighborhood! No American Express card necessary!

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday receiving so much attention, small businesses often get left out in the rush of big-box deals, lines, and crowds. So, don’t forget our local Queen Anne small business, they help weave the fabric of Queen Anne. Shop locally this holiday season and visit our merchants on Saturday, and throughout the year!

To mark Small Business Saturday, some of our Queen Anne merchants are providing offers and discounts, check them out here – note, some merchants have deals on Friday too:

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave N
Friday: 50% OFF Any Game Expansion
Saturday:  20% OFF Any 1 Item

Chocolopolis, 1527 Queen Anne Ave N
– Chocolate samples as well as specials with purchase.
– Special shipping offer to be announced on Friday
– All purchases of $10 or more will receive a free cherry cordial.
– Our hand-crafted holiday treats, including our Mint Meltaways and Spiced Cherry Cordials, will be available for purchase for the first time this year.

Four Winds Artful Living, 1521 Queen Anne Ave N
20% off everything – now in our 22 year of fare trade!

hauteyoga Queen Anne, 2131 Queen Anne Ave N
– 5 classes for $65 (save $20)
– 6 month autopay for $99/month (save $126)
– 6 months unlimited for $575 (save $265)
– 1 year unlimited for $1099 includes mat/towel rental (save $381)

HomeStreet Bank, 1835 Queen Anne Ave N
Open a checking account and get a $200 bonus (available both Friday & Saturday)

Mimisan Natural Nail Spa, 2207 Queen Anne Ave N
$5 off when you purchase a Classic pedicure gift certificate

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave N
– $5.00 off when you spend $25.00 or more with coupon accessible online– Free embroidery demonstrations Saturday morning (10:45am & 11:30am): learn to use a hoop, prepare floss, and the basic outline stitch to create a lovely handmade gift
– ‘Share the Joy Raffle’ to benefit Mary’s Place Seattle, in partnership with Queen Anne Book Company
– To celebrate Famous Women of History, $2 buys you a chance to win a Handmade 18″ doll (American Girl) outfit and a companion biography

Once Upon a Time, 1622 Queen Anne Ave N
– 10% off of everything in the store
– Buy One Get One 50% off of all Splendid Clothing
– Free gift with purchase
– Three different Enter-to-Win gift baskets!!!

Peridot Boutique, 2135 Queen Anne Ave N
– 30% off full priced clothing and shoes November 25th-27th
– 3 racks of sale clothing at 20%, 40%, or 60% off lowest marked price

Queen Anne Dispatch, 2212 Queen Anne Ave N
– Smartwool Socks—Buy 2 get one free
– Come in and enter your name to win a Lauren Wallet by Hobo
– Buy 4 single Holiday cards get one free

Queen Anne Frame, 1621 Queen Anne Ave N
Celebrate in the Shop with Us! An open house 6 months in the making with local artists, handmade merchandise, and special day of sales on select merchandise.

We will be serving bites and drinks from some of our favorite small businesses:

– Champagne from Vin Events
– Dry Sparkling from Dry Soda
– Ceres Roasted Nuts
– Trophy Cupcakes and Maracons
– Truffle Popcorn using Queen Anne Olive Oil Truffle Salt

We also have a Morning Song Farm pop-up shop (she had the wonderful flower stand at the farmers market) with her beautiful holiday wreaths and garland available on Saturday.

Sela’s Small Couture, 610 W McGraw St
Please join us for our popular Fish Bowl Coupon Draw – we have a coupon waiting for every family so everybody gets something fabulous! Coupons are valued at $3 to $100 dollars off any merchandise new or used storewide. Stop by and reach into the fish bowl for yours!

small-business-saturday-logoIf you know of a local Queen Anne business offering special deals on Small Business Saturday, let us know – and, happy shopping!

It’s market day: Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

qafm-orange-beetsIt’s Thursday, and that means another market day along W Crockett. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is open from 3pm to 7pm to fill your market needs.

Here’s the info you need to know to plan your late Thursday afternoon and/or evening:

Every Thursday: farm & food vendors can be found here

Event Tent: Canlis Executive Chef Brady Williams hosts a chef demo starting around 5:30pm.

Musical Guest: Clallam County, 5pm-7pm, “Seattle’s Slowest Rising Folk Group” has been performing together throughout Washington for 36 years, playing a unique blend of original, traditional and sometimes delusional folk/roots/American acoustic music.

Community Tent: Voter Registration – register to vote or update your address.

New & Rotating Food Trucks: Girls Gone BBQ, Lazarus Naturals, Toste Sandwiches

Winery: Wilridge Winery

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, September 29th, 3pm-7pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

It’s market day: Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

QAFM 2016It’s Thursday, and that means market day along W Crockett. The Queen Anne Farmers Market opens for business at 3pm and runs through 7:30pm.

Here’s the info you need to know to plan your late Thursday afternoon and/or evening:

Every Thursday: farm & food vendors can be found here

Musical Guest: Peter Williams with his cello students, from 5-7pm

Event Tent: Third Thursday Kids’ Day with face painting by Happy Faces and free balloons. Starts at 3pm.

Rotating Food Trucks: Napkin FriendsNoshPicnic, and Kiss My Grits

Winery: Wilridge Winery

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, June 16th, 3pm-7:30pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

MercerMess.com is a real thing and it’s awesome

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 1.18.43 PMAs we look to the week ahead, Monday morning Mercer traffic may be next up for some readers. And, for anyone that travels the Mercer corridor, traffic is always an issue. Will it be bad? Will it be horrible? Well, now you can check before you leave, thanks to a new website – MercerMess.com.

KIRO launched the website that provides a traffic cam, traffic alerts, and construction updates. Plus, you can see any event traffic warnings too (e.g. Key Arena, McCaw Hall, and Seattle Center events). My only quibble – or request – is that the camera is at 9th Ave N. Would be great to have one near 5th Ave N & Mercer that looks both ways…

Check out the new site, today’s traffic looks like it could be easily navigated – but that’s because it’s Sunday. Check back tomorrow and see the mess that Mercer can be…

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UPDATED | LOST DOG: Australian Shepherd at 10th Ave W & W Howe – FOUND

UPDATE: looks like the Subaru owner took Pepper to Mud Bay Uptown to locate her owner. Via Instagram, the owner has connected with the store. Pepper should be on her way home Thursday morning:

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Pepper, a blue merle Australian Shepherd, got out of her fenced yard at 10th Ave W & W Howe today around 2pm. She was seen being picked up by a person in a white Subaru, possibly an Impreza.

She has a collar with a number to a shelter in Wenatchee on it.

If you have seen Pepper, please call Anna-Lisa at 206-227-3524

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