The holidays may bring good cheer and food, but the weather outside can sometimes create a different feeling. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has gotten far more attention in recent years than before, and for good reason. That funk you just can’t seem to get out of should not be discredited. With daylight savings comes shorter days, less sunlight, and colder temperatures.

Seasonal mood shifts are real, and they are worth taking a closer look at for your own well-being. Some experts believe that reduced sunlight during fall and winter leads to reduced production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect in the brain. Lower levels of serotonin can result in feelings of depression and fatigue.

If you find yourself feeling less motivated, socially isolated, moody, and more tired than usual, you may be feeling the effects of SAD. Fortunately, there are positive and impactful ways to lift your spirits during these symptoms. The Mayo Clinic recommends 3 remedies to get a hold on seasonal mood changes.

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  • fuchsia

    My depression has more to do with hormones and not so much the seasons. I know several people with SAD and it is a difficult time of year for them. It makes me work that much harder to spread the cheer and find creative ways to connect with each specific person. But it’s worth it to keep things simple and remember the reason for the season. I believe holidays are jam packed by design to keep people busy because of lower moods during winter. It just got out of hand over time. Letting things overwhelm you will cause you to shut down even more.

    I personally love the holidays. Clothing is cozier, boots are fab, decorating is fun and seasonal drinks are delicious. With my b-day being in January there’s a reason to celebrate every month. I could get along with less snow, but gathering with friends and family around good food makes going out worth it. We’ve established several of our own traditions as well so there are so many things to look forward to.