Vitamin D & How to Fight the Winter BluesDecember 10, 2020
We hope everyone is enjoying a cozy holiday season! The wintertime is a beautiful time of year; from snow to Christmas trees to warm hot cocoa, we have a lot of wintertime activities to look forward to. However, in many parts of the country, the loss of daylight and shorter days can be difficult. Let’s take a look at the signs and symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, along with ways to fight the winter blues!
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) mimics depression in many ways. It’s usually related to the reduced levels of sunlight during the fall and winter months. Symptoms usually appear during late fall or early winter and go away when the sun returns in the spring.
Some symptoms may include:
- Feeling sluggish
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling a general malaise with low energy
- Losing interest in your favorite activities
- Feeling less hopeful
- Changes in appetite
Ways to Beat the Blues
There are many ways to help prevent or offset the symptoms associated with SAD. Let’s take a look!
#1 Invest in a Therapy Light
Therapy lights or “SAD lamps” help provide quick relief from the winter blues, helping to make up for the loss of sunlight exposure during the darker months.
There are many wonderful therapy options available nowadays. Take a look at this list of therapy light boxes.
#2 Take Vitamin D Daily
Low vitamin D levels have been found in people affected by SAD. Vitamin D supplementation can help offset seasonal depression. Vitamin D can be purchased at your local grocery store without a prescription. However, the amount you should take each day may vary, so please check in with your primary care physician to see how much they suggest taking each day.
#3 Get Daily Sunlight and Movement
Even when the days are crummy, it’s good to get outside and get fresh air each day when possible. Try taking a short walk outside at the beginning of each day and you’ll feel a wonderful lift in your energy. Even on overcast days, you can reap some benefits from the natural sunlight.
We hope you find these tips to be helpful! Stay happy and well, and remember to practice daily gratitude. We are sending lots of love and look forward to connecting with you soon!
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