The holidays are upon us and although it is the season to be jolly, more often than not we don’t feel quite so upbeat. Many factors play a role in our mood, including money stresses or spending time with family. But there are other reasons for a downbeat mood, too.
Roughly 5 percent of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)—also referred to as the winter blues—according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. To boot, up to 20 percent of us suffer from a milder form of SAD as the days get shorter and colder. Even if you don’t specifically suffer from SAD, you may find your mood dip as the days darken.