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6 Perk Up Tips to Survive the Peak of Winter Blues

February is, thankfully, almost over. This midpoint of winter disappointment marks the very innermost hell of hibernation, overeating, and total lack of physical activity that the winter brings.

If you live in a cold, frozen tundra (like I do), winter puts a serious drag on your normal day-to-day routine, particularly if the fairer months include eating fresh fruits and vegetables and getting exercise outside. Here are six ways to perk up your life in the peak of winter…


1. Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal depression, or SAD, occurs with the seasons. It occurs in a cyclical cycle, meaning it occurs at relatively the same time annually. For many, SAD tends to occur in the midst of winter (i.e., I’m looking at you February).

According to National Institute of Health data, roughly 6-percent of those in northern U.S. climates suffers from SAD—while approximately 14-percent of that same population experiences milder seasonal mood changes, or winter blues. Telltale symptoms of SAD include plummeting energy, weight gain, depression, and mood swings.


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