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Laziness or SAD: 6 Ways to Tell the Difference

Determine if your slump is actually a sign of seasonal affective disorder.


4. Munch much?

Mindlessly snacking at your desk? Another midnight fridge raid? Increased appetite is a common side effect that comes along with SAD, Rock says—as are carb cravings. The body looks for the quick fix to feel better ASAP when mood and energy is down—and carb-laden comfort foods fit the bill. That said, snacking more often or a little weight gain alone are likely not a good measure of SAD. Looking at one symptom in isolation is usually not enough to give a clear indication you need to get help, Rock says. Watch out for symptoms that interfere with your job, daily activities, or relationships. At that point, you may need help, Rock says.

And to curb natural cravings, focus on a well-balanced diet that includes the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.

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