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Tips for Getting Rid of Seasonal Depression

How do I get rid of seasonal depression? I fall into a funk as soon as the weather gets warmer, and I should be happy.

—Warm Weather Blues, New York, NY



First, please try to avoid the "tyranny of the shoulds," a concept first described by German psychoanalyst Karen Horney. When you say that you "should" be or do something, you're focusing on an ideal version of yourself that doesn't measure up to reality. Instead, concentrate on working toward your goal realistically, not berating yourself for not achieving it yet.

But is it true that the warmer weather can get you down? For some people, yes. Many of those who live in the northern hemisphere feel their best during springtime, as the added daylight stimulates a heady cocktail of hormones. But for others, serotonin, the "happiness hormone," can become depleted during the winter months. That means by the time the weather improves, they might experience symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, headaches, achy joints, lack of drive and irritability.

If this sounds like you, try these tips: Make a point to connect with friends and, if needed, reach out for professional help. Eat a balanced diet (reducing any nicotine, alcohol and caffeine consumption), stay sufficiently hydrated, and practice good sleep habits in a cool, dark room away from stimulating activities. Outside of dance, make time for hobbies that enrich you while relieving stress.

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Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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