As the weather gets colder and it gets darker earlier in the evening, many people find themselves a little bit gloomier than they did in summer. This is not all in your head. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, affects one in six people.
If you suffer from SAD, don’t wait until spring comes to feel better. Instead, try these natural ways to feel better today.
More Vitamin D
One of the main causes in SAD is that individuals receive less sunlight, therefore receiving less vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for overall mental health. Even if sunshine is limited where you live, you can still buy a light box for your home or office that will boost your brain’s serotonin levels. You can also increase your intake of vitamin D through cod liver oil.
Spend Time Outside
Even if the weather does not look the best outside, you can still benefit from spending 30 minutes in the fresh air. Taking a walk around the block and focusing on nature, can help beat depression and make you feel refreshed.
It can be hard to find joy in things when you are feeling down. However, knowing that you are affected emotionally by the season change, means you need to be more proactive in elevating your mood. Make it an effort to laugh with friends, watch funny movies or shows, or do a hobby you enjoy.
Massage Can Help
Receiving a massage can help boost your brain and body’s level of serotonin. If a massage is not in your budget, try giving yourself a massage or having a partner give you one. Even just a short massage can increase your serotonin levels.
Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Visiting your chiropractor when the season changes may also improve your mood. Since the spine controls the nervous system, getting chiropractic adjustments might help you feel better and get your nervous system running efficiently. Chiropractic care can also relieve any back and neck pain, which could also be wearing you down. Finally, regular chiropractic adjustments can improve sleep quality, which is also a good way to combat depression. Visit The Joint – Lakewood, Colorado Mills, to keep your mind and body in good working order.
Dealing with SAD is hard, and you should not have to go through it alone. Be sure to talk with your doctor if you suspect you are dealing with depression symptoms, and keep up your healthy eating and exercise through the fall and winter to keep depression at bay.
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