PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Seeing more sun in the last week or so has helped us all feel a bit brighter. Many Minnesotans agree, it was a long hard snowy winter. However despite the arrival of spring, many people are still struggling with seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the winter blues.
Millions of Americans are impacted by Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons.
- CONNECT WITH OTHERS. ( OUTSIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA) REAL HUMAN CONNECTION IS A NATURAL ANTIDOTE FOR FEELING DOWN.
- DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOURSELF AND/OR YOUR LOVED ONES. GIVE YOURSELF SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
- PLAN A DINNER DATE AND LIGHT CANDLES. SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, INVIGORATES BOTH HOPE AND LIFE.
- CONSIDER GETTING YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS CHECKED. VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY CAN MIRROR DEPRESSION. IN MINNESOTA, MANY OF US HAVEN’T BEEN OUTSIDE IN MONTHS.