Episode 114 of The Sober Butterfly Podcast “Seasonal Depression & Me: How to Stay Sober with S.A.D.” addresses how to combat the dreaded seasonal depression so many of us face as the weather turns colder, the days get shorter, and the social pressures of the holiday season creeps in. An added layer of complexity is factoring in sobriety.

Host Nadine Mulvina of The Sober Butterfly Podcast shares personal anecdotes and tips to staying sober if you experience seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affect Depression (SAD). Knowledge is power so identifying triggers and recognizing symptoms can be the key difference between staying sober or relapsing.

Wondering if you have SAD?  Signs to look out for according to Mayo Clinic include:

-Feeling listless, sad or down most of the day, nearly every day

-Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed

-Having low energy and feeling sluggish

-Having problems with sleeping too much

-Experiencing carbohydrate cravings, overeating and weight gain

-Having difficulty concentrating

-Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty

-Having thoughts of not wanting to live

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