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Oklahoma State University Extension Teaches How to Overcome Winter Blues


Daylight Saving Time has ended in many states, but some places are still observant of this biannual tradition. As the holidays approach, many people start to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or what some commonly refer to as winter blues.

During the holiday season, days become shorter, and the temperature gets colder. People receive less sunlight, which affects people’s productivity.

The winter solstice that people are experiencing right now also makes some individuals more physically and mentally tired. These things are typical symptoms of seasonal depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder refers to the temporary condition which makes people feel tired and sluggish. You might have seasonal depression if you experience poor sleep and mood swings. 

With SAD, you tend to overeat and avoid social activities. If you think you have winter blues, Rachel Morse, an Oklahoma State University Extension mental health specialist, has some tips to overcome these things.

Morse said that it’s alright to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. 

“In the winter, when our biological clock is adjusting to less daylight and the emotional impacts of the holidays, we have to double down on ways to combat it. These feelings are part of the seasonal transition, and it’s a good reminder to develop self-care habits we should practice year-round,” she explained.

According to Morse, basic self-care can help you during the holiday season. It involves getting adequate sleep and eating healthy foods like vegetables. 

Regular exercise can also help you combat SAD symptoms. You can do many things to overcome winter blues, but the key here is to avoid any drastic changes during this volatile time of the year.

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