Originally posted on PhiladelphiaMFT.com.

Winter is here and in full effect. With shorter days, longer nights, and single degree temperatures; the snow ridden season can have a negative impact on your mood and the way you view the world around you. It is said that 4 to 6 percent of people have Winter depression, a type of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), that is triggered during the changes in weather. Here are three ways to combat the seasonal slump.

1. Change Your Environment.
It’s important to keep your surroundings bright and filled with light. Brightening your areas makes your feel more upbeat and awake so that you’re able to feel more motivated to get out of bed do things outside of cuddling under a mound of blankets.

2. Soak Up the Sun & Eat in Season.
It’s important to get as much sunlight as you can. If that means take a brisk walk around your block or sitting by a window to get that much needed Vitamin D; do it. It also helps to eat fruits and veggies that are in season. They help to boost the immune system and prepare the body for cold weather months. Check out this list of winter produce.

3. Get the Blood Flowing.
Working out naturally releases endorphins that directly improve your mood. You may not be able to go for a run on a cold icy morning but there are so many alternatives and indoor options for working out when it’s cold.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real diagnosis. If you feel abnormally debilitated by Winter; please see your primary care physician or mental health professional for more options.

 

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