Maybe if we all had the hard daily chores that used to require West Virginians to get outside, we would be happier during winter months, when our hills and hollows cause the sun to set early. WVU professor and psychiatrist Mark Miller, describes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as “winter blues, winter depression, which has its onset in the fall when the days get shorter, darker, colder..."
Miller notes that regular exercise, light therapy, doses of vitamins D and B12 and supportive friends and family can all help. But if sunlamps and vitamins aren't your thing, consider going back to traditional practices of walking everywhere, hauling wood, tending to the animals, and collecting water...
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