Tips to Beat Daylight Saving Blues...
Growing darkness depresses, so you need to keep upbeat
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2011 10:26 AM CST
Many people find the coming dark of winter depressing, so Time magazine offers some tips to beat those blues.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The increasingly short and dark days of winter can make many people feel depressed this time of year, and Daylight Saving Time only makes things worse. So to help people out, Time offers eight tips to keep your spirits up:

  • Socializing and exercising. OK, not exactly what you crave when you're feeling depressed, but forcing yourself to be active and meet people can really turn your mood around.

  • Light therapy. Waking up in the dark can be tough on your body's rhythms, so try to wake up in bright light. You'd think Daylight Saving would actually help with this one, but the disruption of the time change can outweigh the bit of extra light.
  • Massage. Good news, massages aren't just about pampering yourself. "There are many, many, many studies on depression and massage showing that there is not only a decrease in symptoms of depression but also underlying changes that are happening physiologically and biochemically," says one doctor.
  • Deep breathing. You can call it yoga, meditation, or just focused breathing, but the results are still just as helpful. Under stress, blood pressure rises, but a few deep breaths can reverse that and help calm you down again.
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Nov 6, 2011 7:24 PM CST
i won't come out of my funk until dec. 21/22 when the days become longer. most people don’t notice. this is the celebratory dance and we all should be stomping when light overcomes dark. and i celebrate like a drunken fool. and once again life is reaffirmed. the trees began their decline in june when the days became shortened. it takes awhile to register. yet i know that in a few fleeting months we catapult back into longer days. and once again life is good
Nov 6, 2011 5:15 PM CST
Let's make Standard Time what is now DST and make DST two hours ahead; that way we'll all have the best of both times.
Nov 6, 2011 11:58 AM CST
Or we can just do away with the barbaric practice once and for all.