7 Expert-Approved Ways to Deal With Seasonal Depression

Summer is officially over, cooler temps are beginning to set in, and the days are growing ever shorter. If the onset of fall tends to make you feel a little blue, just know that according to Psychology Today, this funk isn't all in our heads: An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by seasonal affective disorder. To explore why this time of year feels extra tough—and what we can do about it—we connected with clinical therapist and grief specialist Ginger Poag.

Since we still have months before the weather is on the upswing again, it's best to get ahead of SAD—especially prior to the holiday season, which tends to exacerbate those mood swings even more. Scroll down for Poag's top tips on fighting seasonal depression.