Feeling SAD? The longer days can help!

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(WTNH) — It’s that tough time of the year. After the holidays are finished, there’s plenty of cold left and weeks and weeks with the potential for snow. It’s depressing, and it actually has a name. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and this time of the year, it’s a real issue.

Dr. Robert McLean of Connecticut Medical Group noted, “It seems that when there is less daylight, there are multiple physiological effects, and it can actually have an effect on peoples’ mood. People can basically get more down, sad, depressed in the wintertime. Months when the days are shorter and there is less daylight.

But there is some good news! The shortest days of the year are behind us and we’re gaining daylight at a quick pace. Each and every day over the next month we add about two and a half minutes of extra daylight. It may not seem like much, but by the end of February, we’ll have almost 40 minutes more light each day than we do as of Feb. 13.

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Until that time, doctors say there are ways to beat feeling SAD.

“A lot of depressive symptoms are fatigue and not feeling good and there is great evidence that people who do regular exercise on the basis of the physiology that they stimulate, that can actually combat that.”

But be aware, the best way to beat Seasonal Affective Disorder is is to get outside and move around during the daylight. If you’re going to wait until the weather warms up a little bit, you might have to wait a while. Unfortunately, our average high temperature doesn’t get up to 60 degrees for another 10 weeks, and if you’re waiting for 80, you’ll have to wait until June. Thankfully, there is some milder weather in the forecast over the next seven to 10 days to give us a little taste of spring!

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