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Feeling SAD? OhioHealth doc offers FAQ on seasonal affective disorder

Regina Fox

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With the days getting shorter, the clouds getting thicker, and the temperatures getting colder, you may be noticing yourself feeling sluggish, sad, and maybe even a little depressed. Year after year, thousands of Ohioans are plagued by Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short.

Unfortunately, there’s still no way for us to fast forward to May, which is why Dr. Megan Schabbing, OhioHealth Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services, and her team work tirelessly to help those affected make it through the season.

Dr. Schabbing was able to carve time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about the nature of SAD, and what you can do to help alleviate its symptoms.

614: What are some causes of SAD?

Dr. Schabbing: The exact cause of SAD is unknown. However, there is evidence to suggest that disruption in circadian rhythms plays a role in SAD. Since SAD is a subtype of major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, it’s also suspected that genetic factors and neurotransmitter dysfunction are likely causes, as well.   

614: What are some of the symptoms of SAD?

Dr. Schabbing: The most common type of SAD, with fall-winter onset, is characterized by depressed mood, low energy, increased sleep, and increased appetite.      

614: Do you need an official diagnosis from a doctor to treat SAD?

Dr. Schabbing: SAD should be diagnosed by a clinician because other medical problems can cause the same symptoms seen in SAD, including problems with sleep, appetite, or energy. 

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614: Are there any “at home” remedies for SAD?

Dr. Schabbing: The most evidence-based treatment for SAD is prescribed by a clinician, which includes an anti-depressant medication plus bright light therapy.  As with other types of depression, a regular exercise regimen, healthy diet, and positive coping strategies for stress can also be helpful. 

614: What are some of the first step one should take after identifying they suffer from SAD?

Dr. Schabbing: One should first be evaluated by a primary care physician, to make sure that the symptoms are not related to a medical condition, such as anemia or a thyroid disorder.

614: What are some tips/suggestions for people who know/live with/love someone affected by SAD?

Dr. Schabbing: While it might seem, at times, that someone with SAD is simply being “moody” or “lazy,” it’s important to remember that SAD is a brain disorder.  Similar to other medical problems, SAD is a treatable condition, so it’s important to encourage someone who is affected by SAD to seek treatment.   

For more on Dr. Schabbing, click here. For more on Seasonal Affective Disorder, click here.

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New Polaris gym raising the Barre

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A recently-opened Polaris gym wants to raise the barre on your fitness this year.

Pure Barre, the largest barre franchise in North America, opened its doors in Columbus on January 9 at 1513 Gemini Place.

The new studio will offer members a low-impact, total-body workout using a ballet barre and small pulsing movements to strengthen and tone. Each Pure Barre class is designed as an intense workout that improves endurance, flexibility, and balance. 

Pure Barre Polaris is owned and operated by Amanda and Nathan Bradish, who both graduated from Ohio State University and have lived in Columbus for almost 10 years.

“Barre is a low impact, high intensity workout that is safe on joints while also toning and strengthening your muscles,” said Amanda. “Any age and fitness level can benefit from barre because of its low impact. I’ve been waiting for Pure Barre to finally come to the Polaris area, so I’m excited to combine my passions and be the one to bring it to the neighborhood.”

To give the Columbus community an opportunity to become familiar with the Pure Barre experience, the studio will celebrate its opening with free classes on Feb. 22-23.

Pure Barre Polaris is open daily. The studio can be reached online at www.purebarre.com or by phone at 614-787-5559.

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2020 belongs to Thirty30: The barber shop for your New Year glow-up

Asa Herron

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The new decade is here, and I’ll be damned if this isn’t my most handsome one yet. It’s going to be self-care every day, and nobody does self-care like me. However, even I know I need some help to make this happen, and it all starts with the hair, baby.

2020 belongs to a new generation of barbers in Columbus, and the best of them are at Thirty30 Barber Shop in Clintonville. Thirty30 was founded in 2017 when four barbers (Alec, Dave, Paul, and Patrick) from the nationally renowned Short North barber shop, Turner’s, took their talents to Clintonville and set up their own shop at 3030 N. High Street. Despite their young age and rebellious nature, they made sure not to cut ties with the traditional Columbus barber culture by securing a business partner in the owner of the city’s oldest barber shop, Longview, which has been serving Columbus residents for over 100 years.

Photos: Kiera Franks

Nonetheless, as their mural on the back wall will tell you, there are "NO KINGS and NO MASTERS" at Thirty30. These guys are just as tired as I am of the traditional boss/employee business model. They get it. Traditional bosses stifle creativity and individuality of employees that could be used to drive the business forward. My barber, Alec Hill, describes his model as, “Every chair is each guy’s space. Everyone is their own boss”.

You can tell before they even say anything that Thirty30 is about freedom of expression. Each barber’s space is radically different than the others. Some are decorated with large flags while others are adorned with works of art done by the barber himself or a friend. My favorite piece is an Outkast painting with Andre 3000 and Big Boi staring menacingly at any customer that dares to look their way. This is a barber shop that you will not find anywhere else. This is a barber shop run by and for artists.

However, their artistry and rebellious attitudes are not the only things that make this barber shop special. They are wizards with the clippers and scissors. The fame of their former home, Turner’s Barber Shop, had a lot to do with the fact that these guys were doing the cuts which made the shop famous. They take their time, working with the customer to ensure you get exactly what you want and know how to keep it that way between cuts. Each barber in this joint is a perfectionist.

Hill knows these skills are no accident, as he explains “We all did 1,800 hours of barber school and took it really seriously. Most police departments require 600 hours of training, and we only have razors.”

Because of their training and business style, Hill goes on to say that versatility is Thirty30’s greatest strength. He adds, “We can do traditional, but we also like to push the limits and incorporate modern styles.”

This versatility was bred from the belief that a barber shop can be more than just a fade and shave. Thirty30 places an emphasis on self-care.

“You don’t see most barber shops with sink stations and steamers. We also offer black mask facials,” Hill explains.

Really, Thirty30 is doing more than just questioning what a barber shop can be, they also want to question what a man can be. This is the place to be if you are looking for a barbershop that interacts with the community and can give you a fresh cut.

Haircuts start at $28 with the option to add on other services. Each barber has their own prices that you can check online and schedule appointments for at www.thirty30barbershop.com. They also accept walk-ins.

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Amp up your home style with color and quality from Georgie Home

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Move over, Pantone Color of the Year! A new local business offers a coordinated collection of quality home goods designed in rich color palettes, so consumers can easily and affordably elevate their home style.

Georgie Home, launched by Lauren Wagner and Laura Sullivan, offers thoughtfully designed home and lifestyle products. The company is dedicated to producing high- quality, simple, friendly goods to make your home feel fresh.

“We wanted to create something where we felt really good about the quality and offer products we’d want to have in our homes. We didn’t want something that you just run to a big box store and buy,” Wagner said.

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Wagner and Sullivan’s journey to launch their company was relatively quick. The pair worked together as graphic designers at a national company headquartered in Columbus in the early 2010s. As they searched for inspiration and created mood boards for work projects, they realized they had a similar vision.

“We’d get excited and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could do our own thing some day?’,” Wagner said.

A few short years later, that shared vision was realized when Georgie Home’s first collection launched in November 2019. Phoenix is a line of hand and bath towels in coordinating colors and patterns. The duo started with towels because it’s an easy way to bring a bit of luxury into the home, and high-quality towels will last. While most high-quality towels are plain, Georgie Home offers something unique by combining quality with patterns.

“When you reach a certain age, it’s nice to have a little bit of luxury, and you might as well get something that you will have a while for just a little more money,” Wagner said.

FOR THE LOVE OF COLOR

As designers, Wagner and Sullivan are passionate about color. And when they first started working professionally, there weren’t a lot of ways to feed that passion.

“I was having trouble coming up with color palettes and there weren’t a lot of online resources, so I started creating my own,” Wagner said. “I would find images that inspired me and pulled my color palette from that.” She began sharing these online in a blog about a decade ago, a collection that has evolved into an Instagram account.

As one can tell by Georgie Home’s collection, their current favorite colors (because, like all of us, Wagner said it changes over time) are sage and ochre (a warm yellow- brown) for Wagner, and dusty blue for Sullivan.

CREATE A COZY, PERSONAL SPACE WITH COLOR

Carrying color over into home decorating doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Wagner suggests using neutral colors such as whites and greys for walls, flooring, and furniture, and using pops of color throughout your space with items like throws, pillows, and wall hangings. She also likes to add natural elements such as dried flowers, which are trendy now.

“I keep my walls the same and change up everything around it,” she said. “My taste changes over time and this lets me update my décor without painting.”

This approach also makes it easy to decorate for the seasons.

“I will add things for the holidays, and I’ll add color in the summer and greenery in the winter,” Wagner said. “I keep it simple–I won’t change my wall hangings, but I’ll update my dining room table, my mantel, and towels.”

If you’re not sure where to start, Wagner suggests perusing Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration.

“There are a lot of home bloggers that are inspiring,” she said. “Find something that you love and recreate it.”

Wagner has a long list of local, chain, online, and brick-and-mortar stores where she finds her decorating elements. Locally, she recommends Jewelweed Floral Studio and Stump as great sources for plants, and Trove Warehouse and Elm & Iron for accessories and furniture. The outlet malls and Wayfair are great for budget-friendly options, and antique shops and Etsy are great if you’re looking for something no one else has. The big retailers such as West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Pottery Barn Kids also have some great pieces.

WHAT’S NEXT

Wagner and Sullivan hope to move Georgie Home into the brick-and-mortar space. With the first collection launched, they are reaching out to retailers to explore wholesale opportunities locally and nationally.

They’re also planning for their second line, which will launch next spring or summer. The collection is likely to include placemats, table runners, and tablecloths. While they haven’t decided on a color palette, it will be fresh and coordinated, and inspired by the season.

Shop Georgie Home’s inaugural collection at georgiehome.com.

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