Seasonal blues can range from mild for 10% to 20% of individuals in the United States to more severe seasonal depression, known as Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). The Cleveland Clinic estimates that approximately half a million people in the U.S. suffer from winter SAD. Three-quarters of the sufferers are women, many of whom began suffering from seasonal depression as early as young adulthood. Children and adolescents can also suffer from SAD.

The Darien YMCA is offering the “Beat the Winter Blues Workshop” for the public on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop will be led Amanda Craig and Amy Kiser, nutritional therapy practitioner. Craig and Kiser will discuss the symptoms of seasonal blues, how to know if you need to seek help for them, when seasonal blues can occur (not just in winter), strategies to overcome them, and when to seek help. Kiser will discuss nutritional strategies that can help improve mood and health.

The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Attendees will receive five free class passes to use during the Y’s Mindful March (a yoga, Pilates and meditation class challenge) and will also receive 20% off a one-hour massage.

Registration for this workshop is required at the Darien YMCA front desk or online at  Questions may be emailed to

Amanda Craig