The Press Newspaper
As we head into a new year and a new decade too, the YMCA of Greater Toledo offers these tips – many that you can easily incorporate into your life – for a healthy, happy 2010 and beyond:
The arrival of the New Year brings with it many things besides just a turn of the
calendar. A time for reflection, resolutions and looking forward, the New Year represents a clean slate, one many will welcome after a rather tumultuous 2009.
Another image the New Year invokes is that of winter weather, replete with its short days and snowstorms. While the official arrival of winter is 10 days before the turn of the calendar, for many the unofficial start of the coldest season is when the holiday season ends and the new calendar year begins.
Though winter has its afficionados, for many people winter can be a difficult time of year, one characterized by feelings of depression and indifference. For those who find themselves with those feelings each year, the cause could be a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which most commonly begins to occur during late fall, extending into the winter months. In fact, many simply assume the symptoms of SAD are the “winter blues,” a common misconception that could be masking a larger issue. However, understanding and recognizing SAD could be the first step for those looking to have a more enjoyable winter.
What is SAD?
A new year means a new start, and offers a good opportunity for parents and their kids to discuss goals for the coming months.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for getting started:
Kids, 5 to 12 years old
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