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College students, got the winter blues? Here’s what to do about SAD

If you’re like me, you find the grey days of winter a little hard to take. The lack of sunshine can make you feel as if you have some kind of mental illness. You feel depressed, low energy and scatter-brained. Others call it the winter blues, but its medical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Find out what you should do if you're affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

Find out what you should do if you’re affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

It’s a real condition and there are techniques that you can use to make yourself feel better. Here’s what college students need to know about seasonal affective disorder. Read more

How to beat the winter blues—DIY tips for college students

It can be hard to get moving during Winter, but we believe you can do it!

It can be hard to get moving during Winter, but we believe you can do it!

Spring semester has started—you’re half way finished with the year! Congratulations! So why are you not excited? Maybe you’re even having trouble leaving that warm, cozy bed to brave the cold and make it to class on time. Wintertime can cause many of us to feel a little depressed. How to beat the winter blues, keep your grades up and make it to spring break and beyond? Here are some easy, breezy DIY tips for college students on making it through the cold, dark winter months.

Why you feel down

There are a multitude of reasons you may be feeling less than perky after the holidays. College can be challenging after all, and the initial excitement you felt in the fall may have worn off. In “How to handle the college winter blues,” posted on January 25, 2012, for U.S. News & World Report, Kelci Lynn Lucier offered tips for beating the blues. Read more

How to get over the winter blues: Seasonal affective disorder treatment

The transition from Fall to Winter can be difficult, especially with days being shorter.

The transition from Fall to Winter can be difficult, especially with days being shorter.

Are you feeling S.A.D.? Seasonal affective disorder is a condition in which the lack of daylight makes you feel lethargic, moody and anxious. Now that the clocks have changed after Daylight Saving Time (note: it’s Saving not Savings), it’s getting dark earlier in the day. Treatment for S.A.D. includes light therapy, brightening up dorm rooms and getting exercise to make the most out of college life. If you’re experiencing the symptoms described below as the dark hours roll on, visit your student health department for extra help. Read more