For most of us, the arrival of autumn is a particular period of the year. The light and heat of the sun is less intense and the days are becoming shorter. This inevitably reminds us of the coming of winter.
This lack of light slows down our metabolism and makes it lethargic. Rare are those who can put a name to what happens to them. And yet, 18% of Canadians are suffering from the winter blues.
What is seasonal depression?
SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) is a form of recurrent depression that always occurs during the same period each year.
Many people who suffer from SAD are experiencing changes in terms of appetite, weight, sleep, mood and energy.
Why does the light plays a such important role?
We associate SAD and light. What for?
Light plays a critical role in regulating the internal biological clock. There are so many body functions that may be affected: the cycles of awakenings and sleep or secretion of certain hormones according to the time of day.
Hormonal imbalances can eventually cause symptoms related to depression.
What are the worning signs?
Sometimes we note changes in relationships: we feel more irritable, we might want to isolate ourselves further. We also feel a lack of energy to perform daily tasks, and can feel less productive at work or in our activities due to this. We can also have a lack of concentration and motivation.
SAD(Seasonal affective disorder) symptoms include :
- Lost of interest and pleasure in activities that we usually like
- Increased appetite (there is an irresistible urge to eat sugary foods (carbohydrates)
- Gained weight
- Decreased libido
- Increased sleep time, difficulty getting out of bed
- Decreased concentration
- Have the impression of being idle or be agitated
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, suicidal thoughts or death.
What to do to prevent from the symptoms asssociated to SAD (Seasonal affective disorder)?
Because, this disorder is due to the decrease in the time of sunshine, light therapy is one of the indicated treatments.
Also, exercise: go outside to properly oxygenate, do activities, see friends, the use of medicinal plants, vitamins and minerals such as: B complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc and omega-3, are also suggested.
In addition, it is important to increase the intake of proteins, reducing sugars, change your diet and drink plenty of water.
I hope this helps! If you need more information on how to treat seasonal depression with natural products, reach out to us. We’ll be glad to give you some tips to light up your winter!