It’s getting colder, more leaves are on the ground than in the trees, and snow, yes snow, is in the forecast. This can only mean one thing…Winter is Coming!
Do you find that about this same time every year, you inexplicably feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious? Are you finding yourself eating more and craving lots of carbohydrates, inevitably leading you to feel like you’re putting on weight. Is it harder to get yourself out of bed and are you feeling drowsy throughout the day, despite the fact that you are sleeping more? You’re not alone!
It is very common for people to experience SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) when the seasons change and the amount of daylight decreases. It is most common among females, between ages of 15 and 55 but can affect children of all ages. Keep an eye on your children, their routine may need adjusting to help cope with the shorter days. Symptoms may have started for you as early as September or October and may last until April or May.
It can be a very challenging time of year, especially when you are expected to be jolly and feeling festive!
Self care is so important throughout
Winter. Here are a few tips of how to cope if you think you are suffering from SAD.*
Get Regular Exercise, especially during the daytime, to help you have more energy and feel less depressed; even if it’s not at your usual intensity, do your best to keep up with, or start, your fitness routine.
Bright Light Treatment or Dawn Stimulation (speak with your Doctor before beginning this type of treatment), works well for most people and is easy to use.
Receive Reflexology Sessions, to encourage the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones; to reduce stress and tension throughout the body; to improve circulation and increase the nerve supply to the cells; to release toxins from the body’s tissues; to help restore and energize the body! Short-term effects may be felt in one session, but it is recommended for long-term effects you make Reflexology a part of your weekly or monthly healing process.
Take Vitamin D. We need it and a daily supplement will help restore vital lost vitamins we lack through decreased sunlight
Take advantage of sunlight. When it does appear get outside! Check the weather forecast and plan an outing. Take a walk in the woods, ride a bike or just sit on a park bench and soak up the rays. Make sure you leave some skin exposed for apprx 20 minutes to absorb the sun, which will make Vitamin D.
Whether you choose one of these “tools” to support your SAD or combine them all for the greatest positive benefits, please make sure to be consistent and stick with your plan until the season changes. Otherwise your symptoms, including depression, could come back.
Remember, it’s just your body reacting to external factors. It will pass and you can find support to help you through this time of year.
*As with any medical condition, you should consult your physician first before deciding on the plan that is right for you.
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