Some Central Ohio Residents Feeling SAD Due To Weather

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Spring has arrived on the calendar but not in the forecast.

"It's pretty bad. I woke up at six in the morning, come to work and second day of spring, not liking it," said Brodie Brunstetter, Ohio State Employee.

With temperatures dozens of degrees lower than normal, you might find yourself saying "enough already."

"I have an exam today. It's cold out here. It's like, oh my God, I just want to stay (inside)," said student Rakiya Byrd.

"I 'm evil right now because I am a hot person. I don't like cold weather at all," said Rhonda Crockett.

Experts say the problem with this week is dealing with expectations.

"Yesterday was the first day of spring, and today it snowed - and that's disappointing," said Dr. Mary Frist, OSU Psychiatry and Psychology professor.

Frist said that SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, goes deeper.

"Seasonal Affective Disorder most commonly presents itself in the fall and winter when we don't have sunshine," added Frist. "Lack of sunshine really has a very biological component, but

today we've got sunshine. It's cold, and it's not what people want for the second day of spring."

Frist said there are things people can do to battle SAD.

  •   Keep a regular sleep schedule
  •   Don't over indulge in high calorie foods
  •   Stay physically active
  •   Use a Light Box

"You don't just want to sit under any bright light you want to; make sure you have the right kind that won't damage your eyes," added Frist.

One of the most important things you can do is "Think Spring."

"So maybe bundle up a little more, but get out in that sunshine, just insist that it's spring," added Frist.

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