The Winter Blues

grief-snowAre you suffering from “The Winter Blues?” This is the sadness or increased tired feeling that can occur when the days are shorter and the sunlight is at a minimum.

The link between sunlight exposure and depression can be linked to a decrease in the neurotransmitter Serotonin. The winter blues, officially known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized by a decrease in energy level, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, weight gain, and carbohydrate cravings, among other things. These symptoms are worsened by a decrease in fresh air and exercise that accompany the colder weather.

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