One of my favorite things about summer is the fact that I can be outside at 8:30pm and it’s still bright out. But when winter roles around and it’s dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home from work, my mood plummets.
Msn.com explains these symptoms: [pull_quote]As winter enters the horizon full-force, you can suffer mood changes ranging from mild ‘winter doldrums’ to full-blown seasonal affective disorder (aptly acronymed SAD), all due to the decrease in daylight that occurs in fall and winter and the hormonal changes that coincide with it.[/pull_quote]
One way to combat this mood changes is to change your light bulbs. SAD specialist Michael Terman, PhD, suggests using a light bulb with a color temperature around 4100 Kelvin. You should be able to buy this type of light bulb at your local hardware store. Terman also suggests keeping the same schedule for sleeping and eating everyday and making sure you get outdoor light at least once a day. If these tips don’t help your mood, you may have SAD and should seek professional help.