This article on Details.com explores seasonal affective disorder (SAD), specifically what it is, how it happens, and five simple strategies on how to fend it off. Within the article, Dr. Sack explains, “although seasonal depression is more common in women than in men, when men do deal with it, they tend to experience more severe symptoms.” He then goes on to provide some tips on how to prevent/deal with SAD including, embracing winter weather workouts and getting more vitamin D. Additionally, Dr. Sack stresses that waking up earlier and going to sleep earlier during the winter months, “can help you maximize the amount of light in your day, while also shifting your biological clock so that you don’t feel sleepy mid-day and bright-eyed at night.” Read the entire article here.
In Happiness and Health, on WomensHealth.com, Dr. Sack says, “Multiple studies confirm that cultivating positive emotions has enormous benefits for our mental and physical health, boosting our immune systems and making us more resistant to illness,” and that, “They also lower stress, depression, and heart disease risks, and even potentially increase our lifespan.” Read the entire article here.
In 10 Habits Keeping You Depressed (and How to Break Them) on Livestrong.com, Dr. Sack provides expert commentary for seven out of the ten slides included within this piece focusing on habits that contribute to depression – and tips on how to break them. Insights provided by Dr. Sack can be found on slides – #2: You Drink Alcohol or Use Drugs to Cope, #3: You Isolate Yourself, #4: You’re Obsessed with Social Media, #6: You Don’t Get Enough Sleep, #7: You Make Poor Nutrition Choices, and #8: You Don’t Make Exercise A Priority. View the entire slideshow here.
In Being a Cynic May Triple Your Risk for Dementia on Live in the Now, Dr. Sack explains that “the mind and body are intricately connected, with what we think and feel having a profound effect on our physical health. Negative emotions can fuel anxiety and depression, which can in turn cause or contribute to health problems such as heart disease.” How can you overcome cynicism? Dr. Sack’s suggestions include being vulnerable, avoid jumping to conclusions, and getting professional help if necessary. Read the entire article here.