Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year, usually during the winter months. It mainly occurs due to lack of Vitamin D from the shorter sun exposure we receive during the season. It can cause a change in your overall mood (usually feelings of sadness, anxiety, frustration, etc.), your sleep cycle, and your concentration. Those affected can sometimes experience weight gain and general fatigue. You also may lose interest in activities you once enjoyed. SAD is also known as “winter depression”. (WebMD)
I bring this up today for our #wellnesswednesday series as I suffer from SAD during the winter and I find it very difficult completing daily tasks and going out to socialize during this time. In the past, I’ve felt like just hibernating during the winter (much like a bear) so that I can bypass the season (and its affects on my mental health) altogether.
But then a good friend of mine suggested I buy a himaylan salt lamp. They have been known to relieve SAD symptoms by emitting a soft, natural orange light which helps promote calmness and elevate your mood and energy. They also emit negative ions into the air which helps with air purification and helps increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, which in turn decreases drowsiness and increases alertness. (WellnessMama)
Now, the levels of negative ions are low – and if you are experiencing severe SAD symptoms, please reach out to your family practitioner. There are also other treatments (such as light therapy) that help those who have severe SAD symptoms. But if you’re looking for something to help you through those cold, long winter months, look into purchasing a himaylan salt lamp. Even if it helps you ever so slightly, it is something that’s reducing the fatigue and mood changes the winter brings.
Another side tip: adding exercise to your daily routine and eating energy boosting foods are also other ways of coping with SAD. I find practicing a morning yoga routine, paired with an evening meditation or restorative yoga practice helps me during the winter.
I hope this post was helpful and I wish everyone a happy wellness Wednesday! If you have any tips you’d like to share that help you cope with the winter blues, add them in the comments!