Gloomy? Try Cocooning, Exercise To Beat Winter Blues

Steve Miller
February 11, 2020 - 8:52 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Gray skies and short days add up to Seasonal Affective Disorder for many people in Chicago. What to do about it?

This is a busy time for behavioral health services at Central DuPage Hospital.

Program Manager Allison Johnsen says a lot of people are having problems dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

One piece of advice from her: Look north and across the Atlantic, to Scandinavia. They are experts in dealing with SAD.

They have a concept for socializing and cocooning, and the Danish word is hygge.

"And they actually make a celebration out of that -- cocooning."

Johnsen says the Scandinavians confront the season head-on.

"Invite people in. Keep your social life up. Come in, come over. Play games, share food together. That's a good way to counteract it.

"We kind of isolate. We're alone. Not seeing people, until it gets nice again."

Johnsen says another tip for avoiding the winter blues and blahs: Get more exercise.