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SAD in the Pacific Northwest

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is real. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Basically, some people feel slightly depressed when they do not see the sun for days on end. It happens most frequently in the winter months when snow, clouds and other seasonal happenings block the sun’s warming rays. You can get symptoms ranging from irritability and carb carvings to fatigue and depression. It stinks, but there are ways to combat it.

1.    Get out and get some exercise when you do see the sun. It doesn’t rain all the time in the Pacific Northwest. We do see the sun on occasion. Take advantage of it and go for a walk. Get out your bike and go for a spin. Lace up those rollerblades and hit the park. As an added bonus, exercise helps fight those carb carvings and wards off depression.

2.    Take a multi-vitamin. Part of the problem for those that suffer from SAD may be the lack of vitamins that you would normally get from the sun. Help Mother Nature out a bit and give yourself what she can’t right now.

3.    Soak up the sun when you can. If you aren’t feeling like your normal self, have a seat out on your patio and soak up some rays. The break and the warmth may very well do you some good.

4.    If the above doesn’t work, you can always purchase a lightbox designed to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, which has helped many other sufferers see the light.