How to beat Winter Depression (aka Seasonal Affective Disorder)
“It’s common for people to experience feelings of depression as we shift from long, warm summer days to shorter and colder days in the winter,” Dr. Nosal - chief clinical officer and counselor at Newport Academy.
Feeling depressed in the winter season could show signs that you are dealing with seasonal affective disorder (or SAD), this is a type of depression that fluctuates with the changing seasons and sets in at the same time each year.
People who might suffer from SAD start to feel the symptoms in the fall, and continue throughout the winter and once the warm weather returns, they start feeling normal again.
Our brain produces less serotonin without sunlight, and that can cause depression. Less sunlight can also increase melatonin, and can increase feelings of sleepiness and tiredness.
The best thing to do is to head outside between noon and 2 p.m. when the sun is at its highest. But don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen because winter sun can surely still cause a burn. If it’s too cold outside to take a walk, opening your windows to let the light and fresh air inside should deliver a slight pick-me-up.
If you are getting 20 minutes of vigorous activity at least four times a week you can definitely reduce the state of depressive mood.
Establish a good sleeping routine and bedtime ritual. It is very important to get at least seven hours of sleep every night for your overall health. Also, make sure that your sleeping area is comfortable, slightly cool, and free of noisy distractions.
Eat well by eating warming foods in the season produce. Winter is a great time for root vegetables that are high in Potassium and citrus fruits that are rich in Vitamin C and fiber.
Supplementing is essential for the winter season, and it can help rise your mood as well by protecting your body against free radicals.
Multivitamin & Mineral Complex - packed with Vitamin B12, Iron, Calcium, Iodine, Zinc and other essential nutrients, contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and the normal function of the immune system.
Zinc - Is great for assisting in immune cell production and helps with cognitive functions.
Ashwagandha - may help reduce stress and anxiety.
Vitamin B Complex - can reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression.
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) - produces serotonin, and it may help with several serotonin-related issues, such as migraines, depression, and anxiety.
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