During the fall it can feel good to slow down, get grounded, bake pumpkin goodies, dress cozy and prepare for the holidays. Then the holidays can be exciting and keep our minds occupied.
Come January and February, many people begin to show signs of the winter blues. Not only can it be depressing, but it can also be lonely, cold, boring and cause sugar cravings, lack of motivation and weight gain (especially after all those holiday desserts and cocktails). People crave sunshine, warmth and socializing with others.
Have you ever suffered from the winter blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder?
About 4-6 percent of our population suffers from seasonal affective disorder, which is depression caused during the winter months. Up to 20% of people may have mild seasonal affective disorder, showing that many of us are impacted during the dark and long winter.
Who wants to have months of misery like that, especially when you're supposed to feel excited and ready to start a new year?
Here are a few tips to help you naturally deal with the winter blues. It helps to get a head start on these ideas before the winter blues has taken its full effect.