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10 Lifestyle Methods to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is commonly referred to as the winter blues or winter depression. People typically experience it starting in the fall and all through winter. Sunny summer days and warm weather can improve your mood, so it makes sense that the time change combined with cooler weather and shorter days can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is recognized as a type of depression and can cause increased anxiety, sadness and stress, lack of enjoyment in regular activities, feelings of isolation, mood swings, and several other symptoms that can take over your life. But there are ways to help deal with it, so gather your inner strength and kick your winter blues to the curb with these 10 lifestyle methods to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder…

1. Exercise Regularly

It seems that almost every health issue could be helped by making sure you exercise regularly and it’s easy to understand why. While regular exercise is improves your physical health, it can also greatly improve your mood during the cold winter months. When you exercise, endorphins are released into your body, bringing forth positive feelings and increasing your energy. You’ll also reap the benefits of regular exercise—increasing your strength, cutting down your body fat, and feeling good and healthy overall. And of course, couple regular exercise with eating well, and your whole body will feel better.

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