7 Expert-Approved Ways to Deal With Seasonal Depression

The fun part of winter is over, the weather is bleak, and our bank accounts are empty—for us, February can feel like a weeks-long hangover. According to Psychology Today, this funk isn't all in our heads: An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by seasonal affective disorder. Add the pressure of sticking to your high-stakes January resolutions, and the fact that we're still recovering from a notoriously rocky year, and it's no wonder this February funk feels contagious. To explore why this time of year feels extra tough—and what we can do about it—we connected with clinical therapist and grief specialist Ginger Poag.

She explained that one major reason for early February depression is that we're simply feeling the inevitable comedown from all the New Year's buzz. Celebratory treats like champagne and dusk-till-dawn parties "all produce feel-good neural transmitters in our brains," the Nashville-based counselor says. When we return to our workday routine, it's only natural for our bodies to need to readjust. Adding to this sense of disappointment is a lapse in our (often draconian) resolutions: "There is a lot of pressure to set New Year's resolutions and the inevitable guilt that comes with failing to meet them."

Now that we better understand the February blues, how can we combat them? Scroll down for Poag's top tips on fighting seasonal depression.