Beating Winter's Woes
If your mood is as cold and dark as your landscape, you're in good company. But here's how you can ease that seasonal slump.
In addition to sunlight -- or more specifically, the lack of it
-- the cold temperatures of this mean season may also play a role. "There
is some evidence that people with a higher tolerance to cold tend to be less
depressed than those who are more susceptible to cold," says Charles
Raison, MD, of Emory University's Mind-Body Program and an assistant professor
of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at its medical school.
"We also know there's a greater tendency toward depressive
symptoms immediately following a viral illness," he tells WebMD. "When
you get a cold, your immune system is stirred up in a way that it's a risk
factor for depression." And you'll note, it is the cold and flu season.
So if you've got the winter blues -- especially in a deep shade
-- here's your excuse to cash in those frequent flyer miles: "Sometimes,
something as simple as taking a week or two vacation to Florida or somewhere
sunny during January or February can make a really big difference," says