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How To Perk Up When The Lack of Light Has You Down

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The memes and comments are all over facebook already—Thanks For Nothing Standard Time!  Given the “fall back” time adjustment, the shorter, darker days are mildly annoying to some and downright depressing to others. (Radio show partner Lance Tormey is one of them)

When it comes to light, Health Magazine has some ideas on how to make the most of less.

Fix your sleep schedule. Most Americans don’t get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep. As it gets darker earlier, you should have an easier time, winding down and falling asleep earlier in the evening.

Go outside for lunch. Just 15 minutes of sunlight each day can help boost your mood and reduce your risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) –a mood disorder that often coincides with the end of Daylight Saving Time and can trigger a full-blown case of depression.

Embrace a new fitness challenge. The cooler temperatures this time of year can make running or hiking less grueling.

Talk to a professional if your mood does not improve. You may be at risk for depression if for two weeks or longer you feel fatigued, have feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, have mood swings, or lose interest in activities you usually enjoy.

A therapist may recommend antidepressants, talk therapy or full spectrum light therapy, which is used as a treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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