Have you ever heard about winter blues? According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, research suggests that between 2% and 3% of the general population may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while another 15% will have a less severe experience called the “winter blues.”
If you feel like you are one of these 15%, try to do the following:
1. Bring more light into your life – use a sun lamp or sit by the fire.
2. Start a project like decluttering your house
3. Spend time with positive people
4. Keep active even if it is so hard to pull yourself out of bed.
5. Talk about it. Talk with a good friend and kill two birds with one stone.
If your sadness or lethargy is continuing over a number of days or weeks or makes it hard for you to function, consider reaching out to a professional psychotherapist.