SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
It’s SAD. No joke.
Here in the midwest we start to go crazy without the “sunshine vitamin”.
So how do we feel better without buying a plane ticket to Hawaii? (That’s just a temporary fix anyhow.)
Let’s incorporate some of these sunny disguises until we’re hitting the sidewalks with chalk again. 🌈
The days are shorter now, right? Well, at least our brains think so. It’s dark when we wake up - it’s dark when we get off work. We’re missing that feel-good serotonin.
SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder - serious seasonal depression
Feel good serotonin? It’s a chemical messenger that acts as a mood stabilizer. This helps produce healthy sleeping patters. It has effect on your behavior and feeling good.
Gotta get that (Vitamin) D - not only does it help prevent diseases, cancers, high blood pressure and diabetes but it also affects your mood.
BOOSTING OUR SEROTONTIN + VIT D
A Pretty DOPamine😉 chemical reaction happens when you work out.
Whether it’s at home, at the gym, walking the stairs on your lunch break, or taking a “mild” 25° winter walk - get up and get the body moving.
EAT MORE OF THESE FOODS
Healthy carbs such as sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries and garbanzo beans.
Good fats like salmon, mackerel, tuna, nuts, and dark chocolate.
Rich in L-tryptophan like chicken, eggs, cheese, spinach and other dark greens.
LET IN MORE LIGHT
Open up the shades, hang lighter curtains, rearrange furniture where the sun hits it most in the winter.
Hell, buy a vitamin D light box if you have to.
PARENT A PLANT
Tending to a living, green leafy thing can be a thrifty illusion to the outdoors.
It’s easy to retreat and let sadness sink in…
You don’t want to go out, you start to see less of those who fill your bucket, you fall behind on your social circuit, you shut yourself off from everyone..
STOP IT. Pick up the phone and call Sharon for that cup of coffee and meet her at the local coffee shop. Because, believe me - you and Sharon and the local coffee shop could use the company.
(IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE, ANYONE IMMEDIATELY - SUICIDE PREVENTION LINE, 24 HOURS A DAY. 1-800-273-8255. YOU MATTER.)
LIGHT IS AROUND THE CORNER
Winter will end. The days will get longer again and you will be OK.
Until then, take care of yourself. Don’t lose yourself.
Much love and light