Do you notice you have less energy and may feel a little blue in the winter? Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression in which symptoms often start in the fall and continue through the winter months. The feelings of depression and lethargy can affect about 4% to 6% of U.S. residents as the days shorten according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Check out various ways you can ease seasonal depression.

Exercise/remaining active is one of the ways to battle this disorder. As PTs we can recognize signs of SAD, help patients acknowledge that the mood disorder may be affecting their lives, and encourage patients to exercise, which can help boost serotonin and endorphins and also can help to improve sleep and boost self-esteem. Be sure to check out for various courses on exercise and exercise safety.