Enter the new year feeling merry and bright.
When the days seem short, the weather feels cold, and the world looks a little darker, you may find yourself with a case of the winter blues.
It’s normal to experience a lower mood when you’re missing the warm weather and sunshine, but there are steps you can take to maintain your positivity. Julie Manuel, MSEd, LPCC, NCC, psychotherapist at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center, suggests these tips for keeping a positive outlook during the winter months:
If you find that you’re consistently feeling down during the winter months, you might be experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that typically happens the same time each year, usually starting late fall and lasting through the winter months.
“We typically see this disorder because of the reduced amount of sunlight, which can impact the chemical blue hormones in our brain,” Julie says.
Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder include:
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If you feel you need assistance beyond tips for maintaining positivity, call Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center at (937) 534-4600.