Overcoming Those Springtime Blues

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/21 2014 04:57PM

Updated 04/21 2014 06:17PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - For many of us, springtime is a time for joy and hope after a long winter, but for others, springtime blues can set in.

Experts say the expectations, social gatherings, and overall joy associated with springtime, can lead to worse depression for people who aren't feeling so happy.

One out of ten people who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can feel depressed during the spring and summer months.

If you're feeling down this time of year, Fletcher Allen Health Care says it's good for you to exercise, eat well, and take time for yourself.

"Slow it down a little bit. Don't go out there expecting to really hit the ground running. Take it slowly. Take it easier. One step at a time. Try to focus on what's in front of you not too far out," Bob Turcot, of Employee and Family Assistance Program at Fletcher Allen Health, said.

If self care doesn't work, experts say it may be time to talk to your physician about depression.

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