Commentary: Suggestions for when you are in a funk Published Feb. 3, 2012 By Ellen Magee Director of Psychological Health MADISON, Wis. -- Have you been down lately? Here are some suggestions from Dawn LaFrance PsyD and Gary Malone, MD: 1. Pin point what is getting you down. (Sports team losses affect our cultural psyche!) 2. Don't let your mood dictate plans; push yourself to keep social commitments. 3. Watch your diet. Work in winter greens, frozen fruit smoothies, choose healthy restaurant offerings. 4. Work out. Meet a friend and motivate each other. 5. Get more light. Keep curtains open, keep lamps lit and try to be outside when the sun is brightest for a few minutes if you can. Try a vitamin D supplement. 6. Avoid making major decisions- your perspective may be off. If your weight changes rapidly, or you are sleeping more than nine or less than 5 hours a night, consult Ellen at email@example.com, or your doctor. Maybe you need a Seasonal Affective Disorder light.