This was great to write as I have myself suffered badly with this and have now got it under control without the need for medication, so take hope and read on! X
When the evenings start drawing in and the mornings get darker do you notice a dip in your mood?
Lots of us are aware of “The Winter Blues” but often it can be a lot more serious than just feeling a bit grumpy.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a severe winter depression that normally alleviates as we go into the spring.
Mary Dalgleish, vice president of the Federation of Holistic Therapists states “SAD has been strongly linked to reduced levels of serotonin, an important ‘feel-good’ hormone that is a natural mood stabiliser and helps with a variety of bodily functions including sleeping, eating and digesting.”
It makes sense that the dreary weather can cause us to feel ‘under the weather’. Experts believe that SAD is directly related to daylight rather than temperature.
Have a look at the symptoms below and see if you think it might do you good to try and combat some of them naturally.
LOSS OF ENTHUSIASM
Have the hobbies and activities you normally love lost their appeal?
Are you sleeping more but still feeling tired during the day?
(I always do though?!)
Try to eat complex carbs if you can such as wholegrains and sweet potato.
YOU ARE FEMALE
This is so unfair! Ladies are statistically much more likely to suffer with SAD.
YOU NOTICED IT BEGINNING IN OCTOBER
In previous years have you then noticed it lift around springtime?
Sad sufferers have a very winter-specific condition and to be diagnosed medically sufferers must have had the symptoms during the last two consecutive years.
Well that’s enough of the miserable stuff.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
Of course visit your GP and explain how you are feeling. Talk through some self-help options with them such as buying a light box. Studies have shown that between 50 and 80% of light therapy users experience a remission in symptoms.
Try to keep up your social life even though it can feel like a total chore. Let your friends and family know how you are feeling so that they can support you.
Be careful with your comfort food as eating well can boost your mood. Look into and research serotonin boosting foods.
Try aromatherapy in its most simple format. “Inhalation of citrus essential oils, particularly bergamot, lemon and orange, can enhance the mood, and one study shows that depressed patients treated with a blend of these oils were able to reduce their dose of antidepressants” states Mary. You can put a few drops on a hanky to keep with you and inhale, pop a few drops in the bath or mix with a carrier oil and rub onto your skin.
Alternatively or as well as the above, if you really feel you need to switch off and relax you can book in with us for a full body aromatherapy massage. You will have a full consultation beforehand so that we can tailor the blend of essential oils to make the treatment the most beneficial to you.
Don’t feel lonely this winter, there are lots of others feeling the same way and by talking about it we can help each other beat the symptoms.
Lots of love and kind regards,