Be Glad, Not SAD

Curling up with a good book can be heaven on earth. But when the days get shorter and nights get colder and all you want to do is sleep, binge on snacks and avoid social situations until spring rolls around again, it’s time to ask
for help. Winter blues that come with the change of season may be caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and researchers think that lower levels of Vitamin D from fewer hours of sunlight could be partially to blame.

Don’t wait for spring to feel better! Try limiting alcohol. Eat more lean proteins, fruits and veggies and fewer sugary foods. Commit to at least 30 minutes of exercise each day and spend more time with family or friends, especially enjoying outdoor activities that expose you to sunlight and fresh air! Light therapy, talking with a
therapist and antidepressants may help, as well.

Talk with your Primary Care Team if the coming of winter leaves you feeling less than warm and fuzzy inside, especially if you experience symptoms of depression or have a family history of mental health disorders that could put you at higher risk for SAD. You’ll be glad you did!