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Seasonal depression is a common reaction when coming into the cold and  and gloom of winter.

Seasonal depression or SAD, is less common in the spring and summer seasons, most people start feeling symptoms at the start of fall through the winter months. Symptoms consist of low energy, problems with sleep, feeling hopeless, weight change, and more. Although this can be a serious mental health issue, there are natural remedies that can help with those dealing with this issue.

According to American Family Physician (AAFP) about 4 out of 6 people experience some form of SAD and 1 of 2 people experience mild SAD. Especially living in the midwest, more people are prone to experiencing SAD symptoms.

There are many natural remedies to help this problem. The first remedy that many people use, is a light box. Light theory exposes the skin to artificial, bright light that mimics the suns effect on the body. This is a reason as to why people even get SAD, dark and sad weather.

Exercising daily is not only benefits the physical body but it is also helps mental health and acts as a therapy session. When working out, the body releases the “feel good” chemicals, it is more important to workout consistently, instead of intensely.

During winter seasons, we do not receive enough vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin.  Supplementing vitamin D in the cold months is proven to help depression.

Talking to a friend or even a therapist can also be another way to release worries and concerns.

Eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables has major benefits for energy and mood. Sudies have shown that eating a plant based diet can reduce tension, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, and fatigue.

Minnesota experiences harsh and cold temperatures, but it is still important to get outside and breathe in the fresh air. The body releases the hormone, serotonin, which helps mood, feeling happiness and a sense of well-being.

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