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Darker days are coming. Don’t let them get you down.

By Alina Dizik

14 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

As daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter, the Wall Street Journal analyzes a Danish approach to keeping winter blues at bay and optimizing your day.

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For people dreading the approach of shorter days and fewer hours of sunlight, now is the time to prepare your body to fend off the winter blues.

Many of us notice a natural turndown in mood as the brain responds to less daylight in the winter, especially in the northern part of the country, says Kelly Rohan, professor of psychological science at the University of Vermont, who researches seasonal affective disorder. You might have a dip in energy levels, want to sleep more or crave more carbohydrate-heavy foods, she says.

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