However, for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, it's not that easy. Getting the body moving or having fun with friends is a start, but those with SAD might need a health professional when dealing with this seasonal disorder.
According to WedMd.com, seasonal affective disorder, also referred to as winter or seasonal depression, is a syndrome with depression that starts and ends at the same time each year.
Symptoms include low energy, depression, trouble sleeping or concentrating, feelings of hopelessness and depressed most of the day, changes in weight or appetite, and losing interest in things you used to enjoy.
The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter could be the cause of SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body's internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
Doctors believe that a drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood could very well play a role in SAD. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.
The change in seasons can also disrupt the balance of the body's level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood.
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 36 million Americans suffer seasonal depression, and is seen more often in females than males.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy (talk therapy), and/or medications.
For many, just knowing the symptoms of SAD and how to cope with the changing seasons will help make them more manageable. And remember; spring is only 8 weeks away.