Winter Time Blues

Wyatt Weller, Staff Writer

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD, for most people, often begins in the fall and continues throughout the winter months. As it may seem like I am making this up, it is an actual disorder that affects millions of Americans every year. Symptoms include excessive sleepiness, mood swings, anxiety, moping around, and sadness. I’m not going to lie, winter time makes me a little bit sad with the harsh conditions and barely any sunlight after 3 o’clock at night, but you have to look forward to the fun things about winter like skiing, snowboarding, Christmas, and Thanksgiving with your family! Who doesn’t love a good home cooked turkey meal and laughing with the relatives? If a friend or someone you know is suffering from SAD, then comfort them the best you can with hot cocoa and recollections of fond memories while you sit by the warm fire and listen to some lovely Christmas tunes on the radio. Another way to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of SAD is trying one of our local ski resorts, such as Schweitzer Mountain or Silver Mountain Resort for all-around fun in the snow! There are plenty of ways to beat SAD this winter, but it’s up to you to find the one that works best for you.