Beat the winter blues - The Standard

February 17, 2015 6:11 AM

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Beat the winter blues - The Standard

Depression is a common ailment this time of year. For some, it may be only a temporary case of the “winter blues.” For others, it is a more continuous problem, called Seasonal Affective Disorder. While your most trusted source of advice should always be your doctor or mental health specialist, there are some things you can do on your own to improve your mood and alleviate — if not totally remove — the symptoms of seasonal depression. Here are a few basic tips to help pick you up when you’re feeling down this February.

The primary cause of winter depression is thought to be a deficiency of sunlight. Though it’s normal to want to stay inside with the shades drawn when you’re depressed, one of the best treatments is allowing yourself to take in as much sun as possible. Open the blinds during daylight hours, go outsi...

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