The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter can – at times – impact your feelings, even in sunny Colorado. have you feeling blue, you might be wondering if you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Seasonal depression can be frustrating, but these tips will help you understand what you can do to feel better.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
SAD is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern. To be diagnosed with SAD, someone must meet the criteria for major depression, and the symptoms must correspond with specific seasons (like winter) for at least 2 years.
Some of those symptoms include:
However, even without an official clinical diagnosis, many people feel downright blue during winter and can relate to the above symptoms.
Every person will have a different arsenal of coping mechanisms, but it’s important to have some strategies you can use to get yourself out of a winter funk. Here are clinically-proven solutions to try:
There are also a number of lifestyle choices that you can make to lesson the effects of SAD. Here are a few to try:
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