Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The holidays are over, and with gray skies above, it can affect your mood.

“Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short is a clinical depression that typically occurs during the Winter months.”

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain is a psychologist at UW Health. She says ‘SAD’ affects 4-6 percent of people, but about 10 to 20 percent can experience a lesser form sometimes known as winter blues.

Mirgain says symptoms include sleep disturbance, appetite change, and feeling sluggish or lethargic.

“At the worst, there can be that feeling of hopelessness or helplessness or feelings of suicide.”

To fight the ‘winter blues’ Mirgain says staying active, and eating foods with vitamin d, like mushrooms or seafood, can help. Dr. Mirgain says another way to improve your mood is socialization. Meet with someone in person or schedule a time to talk with them virtually.

“If you find that you’re really struggling with SAD and you’re finding that it’s impacting your overall well-being, seek professional help.”

Mirgain wants to remind people that gray days won’t last forever. “You’re not alone. It’s really important to think ahead about what the best form of self-care for myself would be this time of year.”