With the summer behind us, many people experience a low-grade depression this time of year. Not to be confused with true depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, (SAD), effects an estimated 6% of Americans and many more people simply feel “blue” or suffer from a feeling of dread as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder.

While experts recommend that people with SAD sit near a bright fluorescent lamp for about 30 minutes a day (very bright. …we’re talking 10,000 lux) there are greener ways to boost your energy. Some ideas:

  • Get exercise. Many studies prove the benefits of exercise over and over again.
  • Get sunlight. Spend time outdoors, if possible, or at least at a window where the sun steams in. If you can get your exercise outdoors (walking or jogging), that’s even better.
  • Plan for time with friends. Nothing boosts morale like a good friend. Get together and do something good for the environment!