Beat Your Blahs: 5 Natural Mood Boosters to Fix a Funk
Don't Be SAD
Do the dark days of fall and winter make you want to hibernate indoors and pig out on comfort foods until spring? You may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, usually in winter. Other symptoms include fatigue, lack of interest, inability to concentrate, and irritability. "Some people describe it as only 'living' during the sunny months and the rest of the time they feel shut down, idle, waiting for spring, enduring life in general," says Norman Rosenthal, MD, a psychiatrist who first described SAD and author of Winter Blues. The disorder is four times more common in women than in men, and people in their twenties and forties appear most susceptible, he notes. Luckily, there are easy lifestyle solutions that can give you a lift. Try one of these the next time you start feeling blue.
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