Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder? Get Tips to Treat Your Winter Blues

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If you are feeling a case of the winter blues, The Doctors are here to help with clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho, who shares tips on how to treat seasonal affective disorder.

The Supercharged Life podcast host explains these scientifically-based tips are something you can start using right now. 

- Get back to the basics - Routines and structure can help. Dr. Judy notes, "Think about a way to nourish your body and mind." She also suggests waking up and going to be at the same time each night is "crucial."

- Step outside your box - She stresses keeping your body moving is vital, and notes this can be traditional exercise or something with purpose like cleaning or organizing the house. The main goal is to get your blood flowing and says it can even be accomplished with something like dancing around the house!

 - Find creative ways to socialize - Because gathering is not safe, the psychologist urges people feeling down to be creative about how they socialize, possibly via remote video calls, apps, or a virtual class.

- Make a joy list - Create a list of things that bring you joy and make sure to do a few of them each day. Dr. Judy says this can lead to feeling more fulfillment. She notes little things that can be done in less than 5 minutes, like your morning cup of coffee or tea, should be included on the list.

Find out -- in the video below -- what Dr. Judy has to say about feeling anxious about getting back out into the world once pandemic shutdowns, lockdowns, and quarantines are eventually lifted.

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