Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD), commonly referred to as Seasonal Depression is a recurring mood disorder that accompanies depression and happens at the same time every year. Usually, this happens in winter. SAD seems to bring serious mood changes for everyone and the craving of carbohydrates combined with lethargy makes life much heavier. Known to be triggered by inadequate sunlight, it not only causes dullness but also leads to social withdrawal and unwanted obstacles. It gets worse in females. As periods get closer, the irritation and the mood swings increase and then cramps and bloating sets in slowly and there’s no relief to the endless physical and mental discomfort. Hence, to make you happy instead of SAD, we are here with a few incredible tips that would help you tame seasonal depression easily. However, before that let’s take a look at the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Symptoms Of Seasonal Depression
About 5% of the U.S. population faces Seasonal Affective Disorder or seasonal depression every year. An extremely common disorder can be treated using simple techniques and is one of the most easily self-diagnosed ailments. Some of the most common symptoms of seasonal depression are:
- Social withdrawal
- Craving for sweet or starchy foods
- Weight gain
Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment
The good thing about SAD or seasonal depression is that it can be taken care of by following just a few simple steps. Since SAD is caused by a lack of light, one of the primary treatments of seasonal depression is phototherapy or light therapy. There are other powerful ways to combat not only SAD but also PMS which we have discusses below. Take a look.
Light therapy is considered to be the oldest and most effective treatment for seasonal depression, PMS and even PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). This therapy works on the release of melatonin, a hormone that informs the body about environmental lighting to the different body parts. Light therapy involves exposure to artificial light with the help of a device called a light therapy box which helps in melatonin production. This melatonin helps to deal with SAD and improves PMDD-specific mood problems. Light therapy takes about 30 minutes a day whenever you feel depressed. The only problem with light therapy is that too much light therapy can result in irritability, fatigue, eye strain, headache and the inability to sleep. This is common if this therapy is used late in the day.
Herbal Antidepressants like CBD are a relatively new yet the most effective method to treat seasonal depression. It has become popular among people primarily because of its non-psychoactive nature, no side effects and the ability to enable serotonin release. Moreover, organic hemp CBD can treat both PMS and SAD powerfully. Basically, CBD attaches itself to different serotonin receptors in the body and serotonin is the precursor to melatonin. The pineal gland or the ‘third-eye’ is responsible for the serotonin to be acetylated and methylated to produce melatonin.
Yoga has risen as the all-powerful healer for a number of ailments and disorders. It is also effective to treat SAD and PMS simultaneously. Primarily, yoga poses are responsible to re-balance brain chemistry with enhanced blood circulation. Combatting SAD via yoga is all about opening the heart chakra and releasing stress and tension. Hence, yoga postures help to generate energy and heat and improve blood circulation into every area of the body. Therefore, we would recommend you to start your yoga practice by warming up with a series of sun salutations. After this, you can move to back bending poses like Bow Pose to expand your chest and heart areas and lifting your mood.
There is no clear evidence of how Vitamin D affects SAD. However, studies have revealed that taking Vitamin D helps in SAD to some extent as it is the same compound that our body produces naturally in the sun. Hence, Vitamin D can be an effective medium to ease SAD. What’s better is that Vitamin D also promotes bone growth.
Goodbye Seasonal Depression
SAD may have kept you sad over the last few years. However, this will no longer be a case if you follow the simple techniques mentioned above. What’s better is that you don’t have to follow everything to be happy this winter and instead stick to the organic ways that have no side effects at all like CBD and Yoga. Remember, the excess of Light Therapy and Vitamin D can both cause severe side effects. Hence, we would personally recommend you to go with harmless alternatives and say goodbye to SAD in a natural way.