A lot of my friends have told me they have seasonal depression or S.A.D. this season. I'm assuming that a few of you might suffer from the same symptoms.  The winter weather this season has been more than nasty!  Do you think you might the winter blues, but aren't sure what that means? Here are a couple of definitions to help you out. 

  "Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, summer blues, or seasonal depression, was considered a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer.[1]In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV and DSM-5, its status was changed. It is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder but is now a specifier called With seasonal pattern for recurrent major depressive disorder that occurs at a specific time of the year and fully remits otherwise."

"Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depressed in the winter but feel much better in spring and summer, you may have SAD.Anyone can get SAD, but it is more common in:People who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are big changes in the amount of daylight in different seasons.Women.People between the ages of 15 and 55. The risk of getting SAD for the first time goes down as you age.People who have a close relative with SAD."

So, now that you know what it is,  what should you do to treat it? Calling your Dr. for a prescription might seem like a good idea,  but it might be too much if your depression is only seasonal. Most of the drugs that are made to treat depression There are so many things you can do to get happy right at home! 

  In my opinion,  a little extra vitamin D is the easiest fix.  If you're already taking vitamin D supplements, just double your dose.  You will absorb it best if you can find it in a dropper bottle & take it under your tongue. You can also drink an extra glass of milk in the morning!

  The next option is to fix your circadian rhythms. You can do this by sitting in front of a sun lamp. These are very useful on days when the sun is hiding & you need a boost.  An easier, cheaper way to do that is to just replace the bulb in your desk lamp with an artificial sunlight bulb. That way you can keep it on for as long as you like & get that pick-me-up whenever you'd like! The picture above is the one I use in my home. You can find it on
  My last quick fix is the easiest. RUN!! Not only is running great for your heart, prevent several kinds of cancer & keep off unwanted pounds; it also battles depression. If your air quality is bad, get to a treadmill! I know running can be a bit challenging to fit into your routine, but there are so many good reasons to do it! 

I'm hoping that all of this information will help you be a little happier while you endure the winter for the next couple of months. Do you have a way to combat the blues?  Let us know in the comments below! Stay happy mumsies!

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