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5 WAYS SEASONAL DEPRESSION 2016

The changing of the seasons is a magical, picturesque time

Even though fall and winter can be beautiful, the lack of sun as well as the cold tend to bring some people down.

Feel like you have the winter blues? You aren’t the only one feeling isolated and dreary. Seasonal affective disorder – also known as seasonal depression – effects approximately 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. That statistic is no laughing matter, and it is time to get serious about staying positive with the changing of the seasons with these five simple tips.

1. Get moving

Not only will starting an exercise routine make you lose holiday weight, but it also works wonders on your mental health. Exercise improves your memory as well as cognitive abilities. According to Harvard Health, “exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment.”

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2. Stay social

As hard as it is to get outside when it is frigid cold, it is twice as hard to keep plans when you would like to stay warm and cozy. Reconnect with an old friend or simply meet for coffee. Socialization can ease depression symptoms.

3. Get a hobby

Just like meeting up with some friends can keep your chipper, so can doing something you truly enjoy. Not sure where to start? Take a community class – such as pottery, yoga, or even a drama class – to build your confidence and keep you occupied.

4. Practice self-care

Don’t forget to care for yourself. Try to get out of work when the sun is still up if possible; create a work schedule that allows you to leave at the same time every day. A little extra daylight can help keep your disposition sunny.

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5. Create a cozy space

Winter can be rough, so it’s important to create an inviting space to come home to. Scented candles, aromatherapy, as well as a little baking goes a long way. Home is where the heart is. Seasonal depression can be severe at times. Six percent of people experience symptoms so extreme that they require hospitalization. You do not have to let the dip in temperature damper your mood. Make sure to stay active, social, and take care of yourself in order to keep your spirits high until spring!

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