Do complementary therapies help with seasonal depression?
- a persistent low mood or loss of enjoyment in your regular pastimes
- feelings of stress, anxiety, or irritability
- changing eating (increased or decreased) habits
- feeling tearful or sad without a clear reason
- decreased or loss of self-esteem or libido
- feeling sleepy or lethargic during the day, or being less active than typical
- difficulty getting up or sleeping for longer than usual
Meditation and positivityReiki teacher Edyta recommends increasing your exercise, practising positivity, and trying meditation. “Studies have shown meditation and facing daily life with a positive outlook can effectively increase serotonin naturally. Regular meditation is also known to increase the body’s levels of other important mood-enhancing neurochemicals. It is safe, easy to do, and its positive effects can be immediately felt.”
AromatherapyDesigned to treat the whole body, aromatherapy can help with healing, rest and recovery. Typically working through smell and skin absorption, if you haven’t tried it before, essential oils can be a good place to start as they can help lift your mood and increase your energy levels. Discover different ways you can use essential oils to help feel more relaxed and calm, or energized and invigorated.
Forest bathingForest bathing has become more popular in recent years, with many reporting a decrease in feelings of stress, anxiety and depression after spending time in nature. By spending more time outside, natural sunlight can help trigger mood stabilising hormones, helping us to feel more positive. Taking forest walks can also be a gentle way to increase your exercise and activity levels. Regular exercise has shown to have positive mood-boosting effects for those with mild to moderate depression. If you struggle to fit in your recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week, try these exercise inspirations you can fit into your daily routine.
Light therapyMimicking natural sunlight, just 30 minutes of light therapy may help with SAD. Significantly brighter than most lights, you can buy specific light therapy lamps, alarm clocks, or lightbulbs. These can help stimulate your body’s circadian rhythms and suppress your natural release of melatonin.
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