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How To Fight The Winter Blues

First Posted: 01/15/11 11:13 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder, and symptoms of these winter blues may be especially difficult for college students.

But before you decide to hibernate for the season, check out some ways to handle the ides of winter until spring rolls around again. Below, a few dos and don'ts that can help stave off despair this winter.

Did we miss something? What helps you through the colder months? Let us know in the comments section!

DON'T: Oversleep
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Although it can be especially hard to wake up on time during the winter, it's important to fight the instinct to sleep more than necessary. Oversleeping may be a sign that your body's natural rhythms are a bit out of whack, and can contribute to feelings of depression during the winter months. Battle the desire to oversleep with a dawn simulator, or by making plans with a friend -- meeting a morning buddy for breakfast or an early workout can help motivate you to get out of bed.
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