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Beat Your Blahs: 5 Natural Mood Boosters to Fix a Funk

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It may get dark earlier, but that doesn't mean your mood can't be light. Try these fast fixes to keep you giddy, not gloomy this winter.

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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efritz.student wrote:

i've been feeling very down lately. i'm in my favorite country in the world visiting for about 3 months but I think it's taking a toll on me. I first came here with friends to study abroad and now I'm here with just one person. I'm far from home and I'm not feeling myself. I never ever sleep late and now I sleep until 10/11 every day. I loved running and I almost get anxiety attacks when I go out to run. This is totally not me. Anyone have suggestions for me? :/

9/10/2013 05:06:27 AM Report Abuse
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2/15/2013 05:01:24 PM Report Abuse
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1/18/2012 12:47:04 PM Report Abuse
melindad2 wrote:

It sounds like some of you do not have SAD. It is really hard to get out of bed when you have SAD and not want to sleep during the day. My light box has been a HUGE help! I would recommend everyone who has SAD to get one. It will change your life. I have a blue spectrum light box(Go Lite) from Apollo and have been using for years. It is worth every penny.

1/12/2012 06:39:02 AM Report Abuse
mcasarez74 wrote:

Trust me reading and or going to school will help. It keeps my mind busy; i have no time to feel depressed or sad. There are so many things to do and keep our minds and selves busy. I think that is the key keeping busy. :)

1/11/2012 01:49:42 PM Report Abuse

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