Coping with the “Winter Blues”

Winter image with text Winter blues getting you down? Make your days brighter with help from Learn to Live.

Do your joy and energy level drop when the seasons change? You may be experiencing the “winter blues” or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A type of depression that is related to the changing of seasons. It can be caused by things like shorter days, colder temperatures, less sunlight, and less activity. Here are three tips to consider:

  • Be active – connect with friends, learn new things, and help others.
  • Spend time outside on sunny days to get more vitamin D.
  • Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.

Learn to Live’s programs are available to you and can help!

Our Depression program teaches us about "activation." Which is a gentle way to nudge us to do small, rewarding things like taking a walk or connecting with others. Doing these rewarding activities can start to shift how you are feeling and improve your mood. Engaging with the world, in ways big or small, can lift our spirits.