Tips for battling winter depression

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by JACOB RYAN / WHAS 11

kvue.com

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  According to a recent report from the Center for Disease Control, the winter season can trigger an increase in depression.

Many people blame their lackluster mood to ‘seasonal affective disorder,’ or ‘SAD,’ but you may be feeling sad for many other reasons.

The cold, dark days of winter can definitely make some folks feel down, but before you invest in light therapy—investigate other potential mood boosters.

The holiday season is often a big culprit.  The come down from the shopping high leaves you with bills and stress.  Obligations to friends and family can also be draining.  Sometimes, it is best to just say ‘no.’

Research at the Harvard Medical School has led experts to believe that a deep breath before chatting with dreaded aunts, uncles or cousins can have decrease tension. 

Poor dieting habits can also negatively affect your mood—including skipping meals and over indulging in sugary snacks or alcohol.  Try adding extra fruits and veggies to your diet.

Learn to manage expectations.  If you expect every moment to be perfect, you will be constantly disappointed.
 

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