Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a common affliction in the winter months, when days are shorter, darker and rainier. This lack of sunlight is thought to contribute to symptoms of SAD including loss of energy, mild depression, oversleeping, overeating and carbohydrate cravings.
Light Therapy – Light therapy is one of the easiest, non-invasive, natural ways to treat SAD. There are numerous research studies supporting the beneficial effects of light therapy for SAD. Special light boxes which provide 10,000 lux are used to stimulate light exposure and are available online and at various stores throughout the region. The daily goal is thirty minutes of direct facial exposure in the morning, while you’re getting ready for work and eating a healthy breakfast.
Fight Carbohydrate – Fight carbohydrate cravings that can contribute to and aggravate feelings of depression by altering blood sugar levels. Eat healthy protein sources like nuts, seeds, dairy and organic meats and eggs regularly and always pair them with each carbohydrate serving. Choose complex carbohydrates such as fruits, grains and vegetables instead of simple ones like white flours and sugars.
Research – Research supports the benefits of exercise for depression. It can be tough to exercise in the winter, but find an exercise buddy to encourage daily