How To Get Rid Of The Winter Blues For Good
Many of us often struggle with feeling low this time of the year. We can become very isolated, and seasonal depression can kick in in multiple different ways, such as not wanting to socialise, cook, or even get dressed to go out. It’s something all of us are aware of, but not a lot of us know how to deal with.
In summer, many of us can’t wait to get out, whether it’s hiking in the mountains, going for a jog, or just walking the dog. However, those things seem to reduce significantly during the winter. When it gets darker earlier, the ability or desire to go out to do anything reduces and as a result we spend less time in the sun getting that much needed vitamin D.
SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real issue associated with winter depression and summer hypomania.
Typically those affected feel depressed, slow down, oversleep, overeat, and crave carbohydrates more than usual. In summer they feel elated, active and energetic. It is generally associated with the lack of sunlight and the vitamin D we get from that. We can’t get a lot of vitamin D from our food so we need to get out even if it doesn’t seem that there is much effect coming from the sun get out anyway.
Here’s How To Get Rid Of The Winter Blues For Good:
Its important if you experience SAD to get a good quality vitmin D supplement. Most multivitamins will have enough vitamin D in them and if you want to go one step further getting an Omega 3 supplement with vitamin D will help support your cells and your hormone balance and neurotransmitters. Increasing your fish and vegetables particularly mushrooms, liver and egg yolks will also help. I am a firm believer in getting as much as you can though food before supplement but Vitamin D is one of those that is always going to be difficult for the most of us, particularly for those who don’t eat fish or mushrooms (more common than you think!)
2. Light Therapy
Full spectrum light therapy has an anti-depressive effect in SAD and clinical depression by restoring pineal melatonin synthesis and secretion reestablishing circadian rhythm. Try using this link. Using it once a day can have a huge benefits in just a week!
Probably the most powerful antidepressant: it’s important to exercise for 30-60 minutes a day, and preferably outside. It may not always be safe to do so, especially if it’s snowing, but even getting out for a short walk can do wonders. The best exercise for improving your mood are strength training e.g. weight lifting, or aerobics e.g. walking briskly, cycling, and jogging to get the heart rate up. Improving heart health has been related to improved mood as much as cardiovascular fitness.
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Elysia Doody is a Functional Nutritionist & Exercise Coach specialising in female health and wellness.
She’s embraced Functional Medicine to address her health concerns, and is now helping as many women as possible in a similar position. Taking everything she’s learned through education, her own health, and working with clients, she’s keen to share it all through online programmes.
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