On Tuesday January 3rd I spoke to the Woman’s Club of Paramus about Seasonal Affective Disorder, aka the Winter Blues. It was amazing getting the opportunity to talk to the ladies of the club, and I hope that they enjoyed the information I shared.
Symptoms of this seasonal disorder can include:
- Extreme Fatigue
- difficulty concentrating
- craving sugary/starchy foods
- weight gain
- and possibly anxiety.
General caused by a lack of sunlight during the winter, you can feel lethargic, gloomy & irritable. Daylight is the key to fighting off this syndrome, but different colored lights affect the body in different ways. Recent studies have shown that blue can play a key role, but you need to take care with that since blue light is always emitted by today’s technology (cell phones, tablets, PCs, televisions) and you may get over exposed which is bad as well.
A red or pink light 2 hours before bed will help the brain know its safe to start relaxing and shutting down according to sleep.org. You can try a Himalayan Salt Lamp as well, this emits a soft pink light and has been attributed with helping to sooth anxiety, cleaning and deodorizing the air, increasing energy levels and improving the symptoms associated with the Winter Blues. You can check them out here on amazon.com There is also an excellent article about salt lamps by Helen Sanders here.
Exercise is also key to reducing the symptoms. Going for a walk during the limited hours of daylight, taking a group class gives you both movement and socialization which lacks at this time of year as well. Yoga is always an excellent choice since it also is great for breathing, relaxation, range of motion, flexibility and strengthening the muscles. Games will exercise the brain as well; learning a new language, coloring, knitting, can all help you to relax, de-stress and is good for fine motor skills as well.
Food is also key in how you feel. There really is no ‘diet’ to fix this, you need to eat the foods that will heal your body & mind, and take supplements to make sure you’re getting enough. Zinc, fat, serotonin, melatonin, magnesium, bromelain, and the other spectrum of minerals missing if your eating a “balanced american diet” which means nothing these days. You can easily get them into your diet and you will be amazed at how different you feel. You can get all of them in the right balance with a liquid mineral supplement. You can find them locally in your nutrition and vitamin type stores or you can get them from amazon.com.
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