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The SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) season can be a difficult time for many people, especially Christians who may already be dealing with spiritual battles.

Here are some tips that may help get through the winter blues:

  1. Spend time in prayer and Bible study. Set aside regular quiet time to connect with God. Reading encouraging Scripture can lift your spirit.
  2. Get outdoors. On sunny days, take a walk outside and let the natural light boost your mood. Go for a hike or have a picnic in nature.
  3. Serve others. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to those in need, send cards to shut-ins, or find other ways to focus outside yourself.
  4. Connect with your church community. Attend services and church events for fellowship. Reach out to a church friend who may also be struggling.
  5. Listen to uplifting Christian music. Let praise songs lift your soul and remind you of God’s presence.
  6. Exercise regularly. Physical activity can relieve stress and release feel-good endorphins. Try yoga, dance, or regular exercise.
  7. Eat healthy, mood-boosting foods. Stay hydrated and limit sugar. Fill up on fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, and lean protein.
  8. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep exacerbates seasonal blues. Keep a consistent sleep routine, limit screen time before bed, and create a restful sleep environment.
  9. Seek counseling if needed. Schedule a meeting with the Counseling Ministry. This can help if seasonal blues becomes overwhelming. You don’t have to walk through this alone.
  10. Have hope in Christ. Remember God’s promises and that your identity and worth come from being a beloved child of God. This season will pass!

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