Don't Be SAD

In the winter months when the days are short and the nights are long many people experience a decrease in energy, irritability, changes in their appétit and sleep habits, and a state of mind that isn’t their normal upbeat self.  This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.  It’s appropriately named because it is a form of mild depression.  There are a myriad of low-level symptoms associated with the changing seasons and sometimes-severe symptoms that may require medical treatment. 

According to research SAD is triggered by the over production of melatonin in the brain and generally lessen as the winter season progresses into spring and the day grow longer.  But you don’t have to wait until the temperatures rise and the snow melts to ease the gloomy affects of SAD.

Here Comes the Sun!
Bundle up and take a walk in the winter sunshine and you’re are solving two problems at one time.  Exercise in natural sunlight is the best way to elevate your mood and you are getting some natural vitamin D, which is an immune booster.  If it’s extremely cold be sure to cover your nose and mouth. 

Open the drapes and let the sun shine in.  On sunny days let sun bathe the room you are in and you will feel a little perkier.

Light Therapy
Bright LED lights are good for boosting your mood but full spectrum light is most recommended by physicians.  You can purchase full spectrum bulbs to fit almost any light fixture and they’ll shine a whole new light on you.

Generate Ions
According to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine high density negative ions not only clean the air and provide a remove odors they also act as a natural antidepressant.

 

Dynamic Living Magazine Issue Vol. 1  Jan/Feb 2011 continue to second page