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Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mental illness that occurs during the winter months. It is due to a lack of Vitamin D and actually is the reason the suicide rate tends to rise when it’s too cold to go outside. There are ways to avoid being SAD, even here in Syracuse, which seems to be the coldest place on the planet.
Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Seriously though. Go work out. If you have the blues, the best way to make yourself happy again is to push yourself out of bed and get some cardio in. Your endorphin levels will definitely rise, which increases your serotonin. It’s all chemical. Not only will you look better, but you’ll definitely feel better.
Tip: If you have warm clothes and can get past the chill, head outside for a run or a walk. Do it before class or before the sun starts to set. That way, you not only get that serotonin boost, but you get an increase in Vitamin D, which is what your body is after anyway.
Stay out of your room. Whether you’re just chilling or you’re studying, get out of your room. Personally, I know how easy it is to fall into a routine of lying in bed and watching Netflix while simultaneously falling in and out of a nap that seems to last all day. However, if you’re not lying in bed, it’s definitely not as easy to fall asleep — so get up. Go study in the lounge of your dorm, or in the library. If you’re chilling with your friends, go get some food in your system or take tip number one and go work out together.
If all else fails, watch a funny movie or TV show. If all you want to do is lie in bed, at least watch something that’s going to make you smile. Smiling, even if you don’t mean it, is actually proven to make you happier. Ever hear that expression “fake it until you make it?” Well, that applies here as well. Faking a smile can lead you to actually happiness, so give it a try.
By Casie Popkin