Don’t Let SAD Get You Down - Put on a Hat And Go Outdoors!

It’s National Hat Day, so put on your hat and get outdoors. Not only will you look stylish, but you’ll be helping your mental health as well.

It’s a well-known fact that the shorter days of winter can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a mild form of depression. An estimated 10 million Americans are coping with this issue. If you are one of them, consider taking these steps to minimize SAD’s effects:

·         Plan activities that will get you outdoors and exposed to natural light.
·         Even if it’s cloudy, take a brisk walk or run errands in the morning.
·         Keep up with your network of friends and family. Their company can help chase the blues away.
·         Although the “winter blues” generally disappear when spring arrives, don’t hesitate to seek treatment if you need it. 

For “blues” that don’t go away when the sun returns, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. To find a physician near you visit

Tip: Gwinnett County maintains a list of local sources of information and advice on dealing with various personal crisis situations, including mental health.


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