Don’t get SAD

Lifestyle tips to ease the effects of seasonal affective disorder

After Daylight Saving Time winds the clock back and sunlight gets scarce, it’s not unusual to feel lethargic, moody and depressed. Most people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to at least some degree. Here are a few lifestyle tips to ease those effects:

• Make your environment sunny: Open blinds wide and sit near a bright window at home or at work.

• Get outside: Taking a walk in the park or eating lunch outside can be helpful even on overcast days.

• Exercise regularly: Stress and anxiety can heighten the symptoms of SAD, and it’s well-established that exercise can alleviate those conditions.