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Massage Helps: Seasonal Affective Disorder

The days are getting longer, but many of us still suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, during these winter months. Symptoms of SAD include:

* feeling sad, moody and anxious,

* losing interest in your usual activities,

* craving and eating more carbohydrates like sweets, breads and pasta,

* gaining weight, and

* sleeping more or having trouble sleeping.

If you or a loved one suffers from SAD, there are three things you can do to overcome SAD's negative effects:

1. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.  Get moving by walking, jogging, dancing or any other exercise that you enjoy.

2. Be outside for at least 20 minutes a day.  Natural daylight is a big help!

3. And- you guessed it!  Get a massage!  Massage has been proven to help with symptoms of SAD.

For more information, check out this article.