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Come Share What Helps You Through Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tell us what helps your mood and motivation when the seasons change.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's tied to the light-dark cycle (e.g. when it starts getting dark really early) and follows a seasonal pattern — typically from fall through winter.

If you cope with SAD, you know it's not just the ~winter blues~ or a "rough patch" — it's a real condition with real symptoms.

Common treatment includes light therapy, medication, and psychotherapy, but we want to know: What else helps you cope with SAD?

Is there a hobby that helps you stay focused?

Or an emergency self-care kit you open every winter?

Or a strategy for staying social, like Sunday night dinners with a group of friends?

Share your best tips for coping with SAD and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.