5 reasons January sucks and what you can do about it



5. That weather though

‘Let it snow’ may sound festive in December, but come January your winter wonderland turns into a slushy brown mess. Even though the days are getting longer, it feels like winter is lasting forever. You may even be one of the two to three per cent of Canadians affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or one of the 15 per cent experiencing a milder form of it.

We can’t change the weather, but we can find ways to improve our mood. Exercising can be tough and even unsafe in the frigid weather, so be open to new activities to help keep you moving. Take advantage of the sunlight by planning your day to be outside in the middle of the day. Open the blinds and turn on your lamps. More severe sufferers can turn to light therapy, counselling, self-help, and even medications. Not dealing with debt? Maybe a sunny vacation is in order!

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