Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The leaves change into majestic colors. The temperature cools down. The routine of school and work resumes. However, this transitional season reminds us that winter is close behind.

While some people look forward to the winter sports, playing in the snow and the crisp cold air, the anticipation of this change brings dread to many. For some people, winter represents gray, dreary weather and long days inside.

There is scientific evidence that the decreased amount of sunlight can negatively impact a person’s mood. This is often referred to as the winter blues but there is a medical diagnosis called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is an often over looked illness for many reasons. It is usually temporary, lasting for the few months of late autumn and winter. Once the sunlight is more available in the spring, people usually perk back up. Secondly, many are not even aware that there is such a diagnosis and as a result do not realize there is treatment to help cope with the symptoms.

Luckily, there are several copying mechanisms to improve a person’s mood as related to SAD. First, there are medications. Secondly, talk therapy is very helpful and reaching out to a counsellor or psychotherapist can be very effective. There are also several things you can do at home to help. Maintain a healthy diet. Exercise is very helpful as is spending time outside receiving some of the available sun rays and fresh air on a daily basis.