Winter Blahs

Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you are one of the millions of Americans who finds themselves "in a funk" through the colder and darker months, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder. SAD is a specific kind of depression that affects people seasonally and who are affected during the colder /darker months. For reasons that aren't fully understood, some people develop depression that is considered to be related to less sunlight.

If you think you may have SAD you should talk with your doctor about it. Also, there is some discussion about how vitamin D may be helpful in the treatment/prevention of SAD.

Here are some treatments to consider:

  • Make your environment sunnier and brigher.

  • Get outside

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise releases endorphins which triggers a positive sense of being.

  • Take care of yourself. Get enough rest, eat a healthy diet and just be kind to yourself.

  • Practice stress management. Learn techniques to better manage your stress better.

  • Socialize. Visit with loved ones and friends, find a hobby like yoga.

  • Take a trip. If possible, take winter vacations in sunny, warm locations.