Shed Some Light On Seasonal Depression

With seasonal depression, you feel sad during the fall and winter months, when there is less natural light. The best way to combat this is with light therapy. Walking outdoors on sunny days will lighten your mood.

You’ve probably been annoyed when you heard the phrase “Rise and shine” coming from your mom or a family member when all you wanted to do was keep on snuggling in bed. Well that phrase to get you out of bed might be a solid advice for overcoming seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

During the fall and winter months, when there less natural light, a lot of people are affected with this disorder, where they feel depressed and go through a bleak mood, typified by crankiness and fatigue. Nothing seems to energize or excite them. They tend to oversleep, overeat and feel sluggish, but the surprising thing is that when spring and summer months roll around, these people will be back to their normal self. This type disorder is referred to as seasonal depression.

During the shorter days of winter, people prone to SAD may produce less of the feel-good hormone serotonin and more of melatonin, a hormone that affects mood, energy and sleep

Treatments For Seasonal Depression

Fortunately, you can start feeling good again with safe natural remedies. Light therapy has been used to treat people who suffer from this malady. When subjects who were suffering from seasonal were exposed to bright light their brains interpreted it as spring or summer, and the depression subsided. You can also start feeling good again by adopting some of the following to banish this seasonal blues.

Brightening your day with a morning stroll.
A thirty minute walk after sunrise every morning is all some people need. Both sunlight and exercise trigger the brain’s release of mood-boosting chemicals. Go to the gym, where you can exercise in a well lit environment which has the same effect as walking in the morning sunlight.

Give yourself a mood-boosting pep talk.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of counseling where patients were taught to how to avoid negative thinking. Patients who took this counseling course twice a week for a period of 12 weeks exhibited happy moods. Consult a CBT therapist if you think counseling will help you.

Bring Yourself Flowers.
We all acknowledge that flowers make us happy. Science has also proven that they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being as well. A study carried out on several women with depression symptoms showed less depression after receiving flowers. They reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated.

Try Drinking Coffee.
Studies showed that people who drank two or three cups of coffee everyday had low rates of depression. What better way to stay warm during winter months and boost your mood as well.

St. John’s Wort to treat symptoms.
St. John’s Wort is a natural antidepressant. Studies conducted on 5,489 people with depression found that this herb effectively treated the symptoms of major depression. Consult with your doctor before using this herb because it can interfere with other medications.

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