When I admit I like winter, I’m met with ice-cold glares. My coworkers obviously don’t share the same sentiment. In my defense, I was born in winter so I really don’t mind the cold and snow—except if I have to drive in it.
Still, I understand why most don’t like the short, dark days. It’s cold and wet, with very few hours of sunlight. While the holidays seem to make everyone merry and bright, it can also be tough to have a stress-free and happy winter and holiday season.
Stresses — ranging from eating too much to worrying about money — can really take a toll on your happiness throughout the season.
There’s even a medical term to describe the winter blues: seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This type of depression relates to seasonal changes starting in the fall, running throughout winter, and even into spring.
- Low energy
- Appetite changes
- Weight gain
While SAD is a serious matter — and you should probably talk to a doctor about it if you’re concerned — it can be treated with light therapy, medications, or psychotherapy.
But you can also combat stress and take happiness into your own hands. This infographic designed by USANA’s own Taylor Romney highlights common holiday and winter stresses and how you can overcome them.
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