What has you so Blue?
You notice your days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer. The temperature is dropping every day and the sun is hiding behind the fussy clouds in the sky. When you wake up it is dark and it gets hard to roll out of bed with any type of energy.
You are not the only one feeling this way. During the autumn and winter months Seasonal Affective Disorder becomes very common.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
SAD is a type of depression that is from the changes of the autumn and winter months. The shorter days and the changes in the weather have been known to decrease energy levels and give you that “blue” feeling.
For those that are starting to struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder depression, here are some 5 tips that may get you through this time of year.
- Talk To A Professional
If you feel that you are suffering from depression, please seek out a professional. Talking with a Therapist, Life Coach or Counselor will help with coping with the depression. You are not alone and the help is there if you seek it out. Depression can be managed with talk therapy and increasing a successful mind body connection.
- Try Light Therapy
A Light Therapy Box mimics Sunlight and helps with the decrease of depression. The bulbs of a Light Box is brighter than a common household bulb and provides wavelengths the assist in the changes of the body’s circadian rhythm. It is recommended to use the light box first thing in the morning for 30 minutes
- Healthy Eating
Keeping up with a healthy diet will provide a boost to your mood, keep the winter weight off and boost your bodies energy. Creating balanced meals with proteins, carbs and good fats, will keep the body and mind balanced. Keep track of carbohydrate intake of sweets and starchy foods to prevent low energy and depressed moods.
- Keep On Moving
Keeping active during the winter months will help decrease or prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder. Exercise will help increase energy and boost a positive mood by increasing endorphins. Pick activities that are enjoyable and fun.
- The Big D
Seasonal Affective Disorder is common in those who have low amounts of Vitamin D. The minimal light exposure could decrease the bodies amount of natural D Vitamins. Add high Vitamin D foods to your diet which include salmon, eggs. mushrooms, fortified foods just to name a few Before increasing a Vitamin D supplement, talk to your doctor about a blood test.
If you need help getting Seasonal Affective Disorder under control or have any other nutritional concerns, SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION TODAY. Call 248.229.4016 to schedule.