Beat the Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a condition that comes with the changing of the seasons, affecting many people’s moods through the winter. Symptoms mirror those of depression, creating fatigue, sadness, anxiety, overeating, and mood changes.

Tips to counteract SAD:

  1. Exercise, especially outdoors in the daylight.
  2. A healthy diet full of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on omega-3-rich fish can do wonders for counteracting SAD.
  3. Phototherapy, or bright light therapy, utilizes specially made lights that simulate the sun’s rays that can wake you up in the morning and provide a homemade dawn to which your body’s internal clock can respond.
  4. Antidepressants can be prescribed for those suffering extensively from SAD.
Compiled from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).

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