Do you feel better when you get a little sun?
The further you are from the equator, the more likely you are to develop SAD or experience a lower mood in the winter. While a trip outdoors can typically boost the mood of a winter blues sufferer, more intensive treatment may be necessary if you have SAD. One type of treatment that both Nichols and Anderson recommend is light therapy. “Get a light box,” Nichols says. “That can be very helpful if you use it for 10 minutes in the morning because it helps us produce serotonin and melatonin.” Take regular walks during your lunch hour and even schedule a vacation in the winter when your symptoms tend to be strongest. Adding a vitamin D supplement to your daily routine can also help.