3 New Health & Wellness Trends To Help Beat The Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (for which the acronym is SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. It is commonly referred to as the “winter blues,” and symptoms include having low energy, overeating, craving carbohydrates and social withdrawal. One in every 10 people in the adult U.S. population suffers from winter blues. However, black women are especially vulnerable to SAD for a myriad of reasons. A lack of vitamin D is associated with clinically significant depressive symptoms and members of the black population have notoriously low vitamin D levels. Women are four times more likely than men to come down with winter blues. Age and family history are important factors as well; it is generation Z and millennials who deal with SAD the most. Couple these factors with the fact that black women are generally stressed because they are black and female and they account for a large portion of those who are affected by SAD. Winter Blues can be combatted and methods include taking vitamin D supplements to combative depressive symptoms, taking fitness focused vacations, drinking warm non-alcoholic drinks with friends and meditation. Millennial and generation Z black women will be better equipped to combat Winter Blues when they focus on their physical and mental health.

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Winter Blues

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