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Buckin-A: Get some artificial sun

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Seasonal depression is probably something that gets overlooked a lot during college, but it’s a real thing you should be aware of because nobody has time to deal with it, and nobody wants to.

As if students don’t have enough things to deal with already, mood change on account of the weather is a problem. Luckily it’s 2013 and we have ways to combat this seasonal

If you’re like me, then you didn’t actually get depressed from the perpetual lack of sun exposure. Instead you just got incredibly tired and couldn’t figure out why ten hours of sleep wasn’t enough to get energized (which is itself very depressing).

It didn’t actually occur to me anything might be off until the beginning of spring classes when I suddenly felt compelled to sit as close as possible to the windows in each classroom like some huge essay-writing moth.

I realized I might not be getting enough sun, and subsequently enough vitamin-D. Since I had also cut out most dairy from my diet, I wasn’t getting and from my food either.

According to the National Institute of Health, vitamin-D does a lot for the body and could potentially have been linked to some of the symptoms I was noticing.

I knew I could go tanning or chug some milk to help make up the lack of nutrient, but neither option sounded appealing at all. So I decided some supplements would be the
best choice.

Luckily, I already had some vitamin-D tablets at home and soon I was feeling much better. It was a rapid change and felt good to finally feel like I was getting anything worthwhile from my already sparse sleep schedule.

Supplements can work for you— and the Boise State Recreation Center even offers a free question and answer session on Thursdays where they discuss nutrition and supplements. Certainly a good option if you’re feeling tired despite a full night’s sleep.

You don’t need to be an athlete to take advantage of good nutrition. Supplements are safe and widely available; you can find them at most
grocery stores.

Otherwise you could just wait for warmer temperatures and start wearing short sleeves again.

But if you’re feeling down and out because of the weather every year, consider your health may not be in the best shape. It’s easy not to notice.

The point is this: students have a lot to do between working, homework and, in some cases, taking care of the family, so you don’t need cloudy, cold weather slowing you down. Take control of your mood and show Mother Nature who’s boss.

To learn more about Boise State Nutrition Q&A visit

About Zachary Chastaine (0 Articles)
Zachary studies English technical writing at Boise State and previously wrote for the Portland State Vanguard. An enthusiast of downhill mountain biking, craft beers and automotive racing Zach hopes to continue his writing studies overseas at Oxford Brookes.