Dark days and happy nights: mental health professional shares ways to combat SAD
Living in the U.P. doesn’t have to mean living with seasonal affective disorder
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Also... you’ll notice that the days are getting shorter and colder. Many Yoopers will experience seasonal affective disorder, aka SAD during this time.
SAD is a subtype of major depressive order, which can reappear in one’s body during the changes of the seasons- most notably in winter months.
Licensed Professional Counselor Sarah Santiago visits the Upper Michigan Today studio to talk about the relationship between living in the U.P. and developing some form of seasonal depression.
Luckily, short days and cold nights don’t lead to an automatic SAD diagnosis.
Scandinavian countries repeatedly score in the top five happiest countries, despite experiencing some of the darkest, harshest winters.
You can have a major mood boost without making a major change.
Incorporating more Vitamin D into your life, moving your body, and meditating are examples of activities that can help you combat SAD.
Meditation can (and should) be incorporated into small daily tasks.
Take eating a piece of chocolate for example; it’s an opportunity to connect with your senses, unwind, and enjoy life’s little moments.
Sarah Santiago is the Licensed Professional Counselor with Bloom Mental Health Services, offering online therapy to college students who struggle with anxiety and stress disorders.
Student or not, you can keep up with Santiago on Instagram (@bloom.mental.health) who shares mental health tips daily.
For more information on combatting seasonal affective disorder, and for Santiago’s full list of tips SAD tips, you can visit bloommqt.com.
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