Battling the winter blues

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – NBC Report reported that January 24 is the most depressing day of the year. While you may think that you just woke up on the wrong side of bed, it may in fact be the weather impacting your mood.

After all, Jan. 24 is the “most depressing day of the year,” according to a U.K. psychologist.Is it taking everything in your power to bundle up and step outside in the cold to get where you need to go? Experts say you’re not alone.

“There is everything from Seasonal Affective Disorder to simply not having enough sunlight,” said Jack Bauer, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Dayton.

Bauer agrees gloomy skies, below freezing temperatures and frigid wind gusts, that seem to be here to stay in the Miami Valley, are enough to make you feel sluggish. But, the Professor says there are things you can do to improve your mood.

“Dress warmly, get some exercise, listen to happy music and make sure you spend some time talking with people,” suggested Bauer.

Perhaps you are someone who doesn’t have a choice when it comes to being outside, like a delivery truck driver. Professor Bauer said a little change in your schedule can make all the difference.

“Do something different,” said Bauer. “Try something new. Something you haven’t done before. Especially if its something physical.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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