10 Simple Steps for Fighting Off That Winter Funk

Caroline Olney

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What your mother or grandmother used to call the "winter blues" is usually labeled seasonal affective disorder (SAD) by doctors today, but you know the symptoms no matter the name: long bouts of melancholy or serious depression that kick in like clockwork right around the time winter starts every year. Though there's obviously a difference in severity between SAD and that blah feeling a lot of people feel around the holidays, both should be addressed, albeit in different manners.

If you think you have SAD, you should talk to your doctor. If you think you're just in a funk, here's how experts -- one doctor and one life coach -- recommend getting out of it.

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