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121. The Spring-Time Mood Change to Know About

In this episode, we discuss the variations of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and mood shifts that surface in different seasons... particularly the less-talked-about shift that can happen between mid-February and April. This is a time when individuals might feel more agitated and overactive compared to typical winter depression. We'll talk about some key strategies to consider such as awareness and wait-it-out, light adjustment, focusing on sleep, physical movement, dietary changes, and certain supplements. Remember, this is a natural transition and, at the same time, it's always a good idea to work with a medical professional if symptoms persist.


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Key moments:

00:00 Introduction to the Joy Lab Podcast
00:38 Understanding Seasonal Mood Changes
04:04 Strategies for Managing Seasonal Mood Shifts
11:40 Natural Therapies for Seasonal Mood Shifts
13:45 Closing Thoughts and Whitman Quote
14:23 Outro and Disclaimer


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