by Matt Alderton | November 16, 2017
Let's face it: Winter is long, winter is cold, and winter is dark. And as a result, winter often is depressing. So much so that there's even a mental condition associated with it: seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

Reports Jane Burnett of The Ladders: "Mayo Clinic defines this as 'a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons -- SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody." 

If you suffer from seasonal depression, there are several things you can do to keep your spirits up at work, according to Burnett, who says you should start by getting some sun wherever you can find it.

"Mayo Clinic recommends exercising regularly and heading into the great outdoors … [so try] doing things like having lunch in a park, walking, and soaking up the sunshine on a bench," says Burnett, who says to also "consider working by a window letting in natural light."

The Muse's Alyse Kalish has a tip, too: Instead of fighting winter, embrace it.

"Hear me out, but the lack of sunlight can actually be cozy with the right mindset (especially for all you night owls out there)," she says. "So, if it's just too impossible to avoid the dark, embrace it instead. When the sun goes down in your office, pull out a blanket (or an oversized sweater), dim the harsh light on your computer screen a bit, and make yourself a cup of tea. Sure, you have to keep working into the nighttime, but who says you can't be comfortable while you do it?"

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