Combating the winter blues

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 8:51 AM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – If the winter months have you feeling down and not like yourself, you are not alone. According to Psychology Today, around 10 million Americans experience this same thing.

The month of January, especially in Minnesota, is just that time of year where many of us feel unhappy, seemingly for no reason.

We are over the excitement of the holidays, and now it looks like snow and cold is the only thing in sight.

Internationally-recognized and certified life coach, Jasna Burza, has some tips for feeling better.

“Go out a little bit more in general and move your body. Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion,” said Burza. “Introducing a little bit more nutrients, so vitamins and minerals, will be incredibly, incredibly important and also the light therapy.”

According to Burza even things like exercise and journaling everyday can help us to feel more in control of our lives again.

Burza says some symptoms of the winter blues include reduced energy, a troubled sleep schedule, weight loss or gain and sometimes even severe depression.

At that point, you may have seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a type of depression related to changes in the seasons. It may even require a doctor’s professional help.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

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