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“Winter blues,” or something else?
The holidays bring joy and love, but they also can bring on some hard feelings. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) occurs in almost 3 million Americans every year as the seasons change. Let’s learn about what SAD is and how we can take care of ourselves this holiday season.
What is SAD?
According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is classified as a type of depression related to the changing of the seasons. Most cases occur within the fall and winter months. However, issues can also occur in spring or early summer as well. While the exact causes of SAD are still unknown, here are some factors that may cause SAD in many Americans:
Asking for support
If you are feeling down a lot more frequently or not finding joy in the activities you usually love, you might want to consider seeing your doctor or mental health professional. Especially if you’re losing sleep or your appetite, turning to alcohol, or feeling hopeless.
Coping with SAD
In addition to treatment plans recommended by your doctor or mental health professional, there are some techniques you can practice to take care of yourself this holiday season.
If there’s someone on your mind recently, why not get reconnected and check in with them? Whether it’s via Zoom, FaceTime, or even in person at a local coffee shop, take some time this week to connect with someone you care about!
Published on December 1, 2021
By Krysta Flores, National Manager of Online Learning
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