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If you are feeling a bit blue after the new year, you are not alone. The cold and dark weather at this time of the year can have a major impact on a person’s mood and outlook. It typically occurs during the winter months and wears off in the spring.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), happens to millions of Canadians each year. Even though many people shrug it off as moodiness, it is a disorder that should be taken seriously.
Seasonal depression can do a lot more than put you in a bad mood. It can impact your quality of life, your performance at work and your relationships with friends and family.
Common symptoms of seasonal depression include tiredness, sudden change in mood, being more emotional than normal, lethargy, decreased concentration, increased appetite and weight gain, and lack of motivation. The good news is that there are many ways that you can fight it and get yourself back on track.
If you are feeling down this winter, try some of the following tips to get back up to speed:
Try some of tips outlined here and see what kind of impact they have on your mood. If your symptoms persist and start to negatively impact your life, book an appointment with your doctor to talk about your options.