Fittingly, the acronym spells "SAD" - Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It's real and you may get it and you might not even know you have it.

SAD is a type of depression that comes on around this time of year.  You may find yourself feeling drained and you may be moody.  Some people fall into a deep depression.

If you find you don't have much energy and you struggle to get motivated, you may need to take some steps to ensure your mental health is stable.

If you find yourself with a prolonged case of what we used to call the "winter blues," you can find a way out.  The experts recommend we do our best to get more sunlight or, if that's not possible, get a "daylight" light bulb or two and enjoy the brightness!

Regular exercise, a visit with friends and taking a road trip, they say, will all help you cope.  However, if you do have trouble making it through the day, you may need some help.  

Remember, your family doctor is a good first step if the situation is urgent but, you can also turn to the Canadian Mental Health Association for assistance.

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