Seasonal Depression: What To Do When Winter Gives You The Blues

Have you noticed that with the time change it gets darker sooner? I mean, by 5 pm it’s dark outside and maybe it’s just me but every year it seems to get earlier. And what’s with the loss of one hour of light? I researched the history behind daylight savings time because it clearly seems like a waste of an hour -I hardly notice the extra hour.

Daylight savings time was originally introduced in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson to support the war effort during World War 1. Now, daylight savings time is used to conserve energy and make better use of daylight.

Just a bit of trivia and history for you.

For many people during this time of the year, the first hints of cold weather and less sunshine are met with feelings of sadness, low motivation and isolation. The clinical term is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and reportedly between 1 and 10 percent suffer from SAD in the U.S. and its prevalence is dependent upon geographical location. Another 10 to 20 percent may have a mild form of SAD, and the rest of us just hate the cold and snow and hibernate during the winter months. SAD is 4x more common in women than in men and can develop at any age.