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January 16, 2024

Winter is upon us, particularly for residents in the northern half of the United States. Post-holiday season, many may find themselves experiencing fatigue, transitioning from the festive highs of celebrations and reconnecting with loved ones to a potential sense of sadness or depression.

Feeling down occasionally is a normal and healthy part of life, particularly when facing specific challenges such as missing a loved one or dealing with health complications. However, if the onset of the blues coincides with the winter season, it may be indicative of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The exact cause of SAD is not definitively known, with some experts even considering the winter blues as more of a myth. Nevertheless, various theories exist. Changes in sunlight during colder months could disrupt the biological clock and lead to decreased serotonin production, a brain chemical influencing mood.

The encouraging news is that conventional mood-lifting methods can be beneficial in alleviating symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. These include regular exercise, maintaining connections with friends or family, and adopting a healthy eating routine.

Consider incorporating more sunlight into your daily routine. Open your blinds and position yourself close to a sunny window, particularly in the morning. Alternatively, venture outdoors. Despite the chilly weather, take a walk or simply sit outside with a warm beverage. Even on overcast days, exposure to sunlight can be beneficial.

As a member enrolled in the Bucks and Montgomery County Schools (BMCS) Health Care Consortium, you have access to valuable resources. MindCheck, an online tool, facilitates the measurement of your mindset, provides immediate feedback, and offers resources to sustain a positive outlook.

Additionally, you will discover tips, articles, and videos covering various topics such as relationships, depression, fitness, nutrition, stress, substance use, and more. Click HERE to view a flyer on the BMCS website. Or simply go to to get started. Spend a little time to take care of your emotional well-being to be healthier and happier.

Dedicate some time to prioritize your emotional well-being for a healthier and happier life.


The Bucks and Montgomery County Schools Health Care Consortium

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