November 4th marked the end of Daylight Saving Time. Although I relish the extra hour of sleep, I dread the onset of darkness at 5pm. I feel tired earlier which makes me less productive and active which makes me feel lethargic and “blah” and the downward spiral begins. Apparently, I am not alone. SAD or “seasonal affective disorder” is actually at type of depression that has a recurring seasonal pattern. Psychology Today reports that SAD effects an estimated 10 million Americans with another 10-20% experiencing mild SAD. It is more common in women and onset is between 18 and 30 years old.
Click on the Article to find out more about this type of depression and the treatment options: Psychology Today: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Here are some other tips for battling “the winter blues”
- Stick to a schedule
- Plan social events
- Choose a winter goal (something you don’t have time for during the Spring or Summer)
- Take advantage of the daylight hours available and get outside
- Eat a balanced diet