Winter is upon us, and with the winter comes SAD.
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it’s a lot more than just being sad. Psychology Today reports that SAD affects 10 million Americans every year, with 10 to 20 percent more people experiencing a mild form of the disorder.
The cold can really take a toll on your well-being during a Michigan winter, but there are plenty of resources and things to do on campus that can help!
Talk to someone. It’s okay to reach out for help when it comes to your feelings and emotions. CAPS and the College of Education Counseling Clinic offer free services to students, faculty, and staff of EMU. For medication management, a psychiatrist is located in Snow Health Center, as well.
Get active. Getting out of bed and going to the gym during the winter may seem unbearable, but it really does help. Integrating a walk around the track in the Rec I/M not only help release endorphins but it also helps your sleep schedule, which can really help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Grab a friend or make an awesome playlist for some extra motivation.
Get involved. Planning fun activities during the winter months can help give you something to look forward to. Try joining a student organization, attending a program in your residence hall, going to events at the Student Center/around campus, or even going to a study group at the library. Want a reason to dress up and have fun? The Snow Ball is taking place February 8th in the Student Center Ballroom from 8pm-11pm, RSVP here!
Have any more tips for helping with SAD? Let us know in the comments! And just remember, spring is right around the corner.
This blog was brought to you by Housing and Residence Life.