Mental health experts say you don’t have to suffer through the “winter blues”

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping.

Health experts say many start feeling down because of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

Symptoms include feeling more tired, sad, wanting to isolate from family and friends, and either undereating or overeating.

Gundersen Health System Mental Health Educator Christie Harris says even if you’ve felt like this in the past, it’s still a good idea to try to slow those symptoms before they start.

“The important thing is that we don’t have to feel down and depressed and like we want to withdraw, we want to retreat,” said Harris. “Some folks might just be used to that, but they don’t have to experience that.”

If you feel like you have symptoms as the season changes, Harris recommends getting in touch with your primary care provider and building a game plan to handle the darker months of the year.

Harris also recommends making sure you get as much sunlight and fresh air as possible and keeping fresh foods in your diet.