Millions of Americans are affected by S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder is the technical term for the winter blues. You know, that feeling of depression you get when the snow keeps falling, the temperatures are cold, the skies are continually cloudy and it seems like life can never get better.

For many, as soon as those clocks are turned back in the fall, they're in a bad place until spring or even summer.

Sanford Auerbach, a School of Medicine associate professor of neurology and psychiatry and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Boston Medical Center told Boston University's, BU Today:

SAD refers to changes in mood that occur when symptoms fluctuate according to the season of the year. Most commonly, it refers to depression associated with the winter months, typically fall and winter. It’s thought to be related to the fact that during the winter months we have shorter days.

Everyone has their own 'suggestions' on how you can beat the winter blues. Some turn to the bottle, some try to escape their feelings by self-medicating, and some just avoid the winter months all together.

I'm not going to tell you these 'suggestions' are going to work for you, but I'm giving you the options of trying some of these in hopes it helps you beat the blues. When you're feeling down, people telling you 'what you need to do' is NOT going to help you. You have to reach down deep and do what is best for your needs.

Check out these suggestions from the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute, some may be easier to actually do.

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