6 Simple Ways To Feel Happier In Winter

(BlackDoctor.org) — It may get dark earlier, but that doesn’t mean your mood can’t be light. Try these fast fixes to keep you giddy, not gloomy this winter.

Don’t Be SAD

Do the dark days of fall and winter make you want to hibernate indoors and pig out on comfort foods until spring? You may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, usually in winter.

Other symptoms include fatigue, lack of interest, inability to concentrate, and irritability.

“Some people describe it as only ‘living’ during the sunny months and the rest of the time they feel shut down, idle, waiting for spring, enduring life in general,” says Norman Rosenthal, MD, a psychiatrist who first described SAD and author of Winter Blues.