Seasonal Affective Disorder is an emotional condition that has grown in prevalence over the last few years. It’s true that few of us look forward to dark, dreary days and most of us feel better throughout the summer months, enjoying the warm and sunny weather, but some of us suffer great emotional strife as the seasons change.
Those that suffer from SAD see a marked change in their personality as the seasons change. The change in climate triggers feelings of depression. Typical symptoms include having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, concentrating and moderating eating. Loss of interest in daily activities is also observed.
Here are five home remedies that aid those suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
Make Sure to Get Some Light
One of the most prominent factors influencing mood for those that suffer from SAD is the lack of exposure to light. It’s important to get outside and enjoy a walk in the fresh air. Pull the blinds up or open the curtains also lets sufficient light into an environment, and most importantly enhances your mood. One of the most effective treatments of SAD is light boxes.
Pay Attention to your Diet
Those with a diet that’s heavy on carbohydrates are considered to suffer from decreased levels of serotonin. This decreases our brain function. Eating foods with greater levels of amino acids increase the body’s product of serotonin and heighten your mood.
Those suffering from SAD are advised to regularly eat fresh fruit like apples, pears, grapes, plums, oranges and grapefruit. In addition, basmati rice has sugar that releases slowly into your bloodstream, helping to regulate any mood swings.
Limit Your Alcohol and Caffeine Intake
Avoid self-medicating with alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol is a depressant, and will further exacerbate your low mood. Caffeine is stimulant may cause anxiety.
Alternative fluids that help regulate your mood are herbal teas. Green, peppermint and chamomile teas are favoured by those suffering the symptoms of SAD.
Get Some Exercise
Exercise releases endorphins. It’s been proved that regularly engaging in exercise elevates your mood. If you’re feeling low why not try biking, swimming, jogging or hiking in the early hours of the morning.
It’s also important to make sure that your body clock is in sync by rising and retiring at the same time each day. This includes weekends and any time away from work.
Have a Holiday
Did you know that the warmer the climate, the less prevalent the symptoms of SAD are. If you’ve already endured a few months of cold, miserable and dark weather, why not have a holiday in a warmer climate. Most that suffer from SAD agree that as few as three days in a warmer climate alleviates their symptoms.
These are just five simple adjustments that you can make to your day to day activities that’ll reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and allow you to modify your mood and enjoy the day, no matter the time of year.