Here's Why You Actually Get Depressed In The Winter

    It's not just ~the winter blues~.

    As the days get shorter and darker, you probably find yourself feeling more tired, cranky, and lethargic than usual.

    1. First things first: Seasonal depression is a real thing.

    2. It actually has to do with darker months and shorter days — not the weather.

    3. SAD has no specific cause, but women and people who work indoors with little sunlight are at greater risk of having the disorder.

    4. The symptoms are similar to those of other types of depression.

    5. Speaking of, if you suffer from depression year-round, it's possible for your symptoms to get worse in the fall and winter — but that's not technically SAD.

    6. No matter what, though, you're going to want to check with a professional to know what's really going on.

    7. Light therapy is a go-to treatment for seasonal depression, but check with a doctor before you get started.

    8. Therapy is also an excellent option and may help prevent seasonal depression the following year.

    9. Antidepressants are options, too.

    10. Pay attention to the weather forecast and make sure to get outside when some rare sunlight appears.

    11. And if that's not possible, at least try to work by a window.

    12. Make sure you resist the urge to hibernate for the winter.

    13. It's also now more important than ever to make sure you're eating a balanced diet and getting exercise.

    14. Ditto for maintaining a regular sleep schedule.

    Above all, remember to show yourself compassion and treat yourself well by seeking out the help you need.