How To Beat The Winter Blues


Are you ready for winter to be over yet?

It looks like a lot of people are. 

Check out this poll on the KELOLAND Facebook page.

More snow is on the way.

You know where Bobbi German stands when it comes to winter.

“I hate it. I’m so ready for it to be done,” German said.

But it’s not so bad if you ask Debbie Griffith who recently moved to South Dakota from California. 

“I think it’s okay.  I’m just busy with sewing and canning and we’ve been doing puzzles,” Griffith said. 

Either way, we’re locked into winter for a while. 

And it turns out this season can have you feeling down. 

Some people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder or the winter blues. 

“People might start to feel a lot more tired. They might feel like they want to isolate more. They might have difficulty being able to concentrate,” Avera Manager of Outpatient Behavioral Health Malia Holbeck said. 

While some people’s symptoms may be mild, others have more severe symptoms. 

“So they might have a hard time being able to get to work because they can’t get out of bed.” Holbeck said.

If this weather is getting you down, there are some things you can do.

  • Try some of your favorite activities.
  • Get some exercise.
  • Even 20 minutes of light exercise can make a difference.
  • Try to maintain a regular sleeping schedule.

If the winter blues are affecting your daily life, you should consider reaching out to a doctor, counselor or therapist. 

Holbeck says for many people the symptoms will start to subside once there’s more sunshine and the days get longer. 

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