11 reasons why you might get the winter doldrums

A lack of sunlight may not be the source of your sadness.

You might think it’s the cold and shorter days, but significant studies have suggested 11 other causes, over most of which you have control, reports the website for Health.

Like what? Too little activity, not surprising on a cold winter’s day when it’s easier to sit in front of the fireplace. In a study published in Perception and Motor Skills, researchers found that even a single exercise session at any intensity can increase positive mood feelings and decrease the negative ones, Health notes.

Admittedly, we’re pretty much done with the holidays, but unhealthy comfort food still abounds. Make this the rule: If you’re hitting a party in the evening, eat only fruits, vegetables, and lean protein during the day. The antioxidants, fiber, and protein will fuel your body – and help keep a well – balanced mind.

Or you’re turning into a hermit. It may be the cold weather, but you just don’t want to go out with people. A study of more than 33,000 people published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that social isolation puts you at greater risk for mental health problems. Resist the urge to bail on dinner with a friend or skip a favorite group exercise class.

Read the 8 other possibilities.

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