By: Kate Pabich
The presents have been opened and family and friends have made their way back home.
It's a new year and it's back to work or school for most folks, but sometimes getting that nose back on the grindstone can be a bit depressing. Dr. Steve Kopp with Genesis Psychology Associates says Post-Holiday depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder are really common this time of year.
"The hustle and bustle of the holidays stresses us and amps our systems up and now we're returning to our routines and we're kind of feeling tired and it's all catching up and there are more expectations on us."
Kopp says since the days are shorter it can be really depressing to head to and from work in the dark.
"One of the things you need to do during these winter months is making sure you get out in the light to break up some of that melatonin and stimulate the brain."
Light isn't the only medicine, Kopp says there are a few other things you can do to kick the blues.
"First you have to affect your life style you need to make sure you're sleeping well."
He says 8 hours is the right amount, not more or less. Next...
"Get in a walk get out in the light this is only 20 minutes a day if you get in a walk it can be wonderful for your mood."
And finally, you need to watch what you're eating. He says too many carbs can turn a good mood sour. And here in the QCA walking along the river, or ice skating is the perfect way to exercise while enjoying nature and getting some sun.