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SAD: What to do if winter brings you down

Winter can take an emotional toll, particularly for those who experience seasonal affective disorder, but there are ways to manage it

Winter can take an emotional toll, particularly for those who experience seasonal affective disorder, but there are ways to manage it

Our emotions are often affected by the weather. You may feel disappointed on a rainy summer’s day, but there is always the hope of sunshine and the long hours of daylight to keep the spirits up.

The cold and dark of winter, on the other hand, can feel relentless and oppressive. Winter is also often a time of reflection. This can mean recounting happy times or dwelling on dreams or plans that have gone awry. It is hardly surprising, then, that many people experience a dip in mood during the winter months.

More than the winter blues

Though some variation throughout the year is normal, if you find that your mood becomes noticeably lower as the days get

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