Well it is that time of year! The days are shorter and the nights are longer. Energy may decrease and your mood may feel low and irritable. Our minds and bodies wants to slow down in the winter months but that is often not possible in todayʼs busy society. As a result, many people struggle with low mood or seasonal affective disorder in our cold and dark Canadian climate but there is hope! Written By: Robin Westphal
There are things you can do naturally to help ease seasonal affective depression!!!
1. Take your vitamins— a good Vit D and an Essential Fatty Acid such as fish oil or flax seed oil. We are deficient in these vitamins and this can impact mood and stress greatly.
2. Exercise—- Even 10-15 minutes a day is enough to elevate your mood and get your body producing all the happy brain chemicals. Make sure when you work out that your heart rate is elevated.
3. Slow down as much as possible—- Take expectations off yourself. As much as possible pare down your to-do list and spread it out over more time. This will lessen your stress and your vulnerability to depression.
4. Do something every day that prompts happy feelings—-and makes you feel good about yourself. Positive thoughts create a change in your brains pathways and you want to shake up depression as much as possible with happy thoughts.
5. Nutrition—- As much as possible lessen consumption of high amounts of sugar, alcohol and processed foods – not an easy task at the holiday time. Treats are okay but make sure you have more healthy days of eating per week that overdoing it!
6. Breathe deeply—- every day for at least 3-5 minutes. Do your best to keep your mind quiet as well. Focus on a mantra or counting if that helps you keep focus.
7. Get a sun lamp—- for your home or get outside in the middle of the day every day even for a few minutes. The light sends important messages to your brain!
8. If all else fails talk to a close friend or a therapist. Sometimes just venting your worries is enough to help you see problems more clearly!
Written By: Robin Westphal