While to many, it’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” to many still, winter can be a time to sing the blues.
The long, cold days of winter can make some people feel sluggish and gloomy. And while to some degree those feelings can be considered normal, it’s important to recognize that seasonal depression is real.
The National Organization for Seasonal Affective Disorder (NOSAD) describes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as a type of winter depression that affects millions of people every winter season, especially from December to February. To combat this disorder, NOSAD (www.nosad.org) recommends that those affected get out in the daylight each day.
According to Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com), addressing your symptoms rather than pushing through them can help keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
People diagnosed by a doctor with SAD might consider treating their symptoms with light box therapy. Light boxes are available over-the-counter, or your doctor may prescribe a particular light therapy box, according to Mayo Clinic.