Dont get SAD - Happiness begins in the Autumn
Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, or Winter Blues usually hits the headlines in the New Year, along with Detox Therapies and Diets. As SAD has it's roots firmly planted in the Autumn, reaching it's peak in the early months of the year, action plans should be put into place NOW.
The bodily response to shorter days, and lower light levels is unavoidably mechanical: When we wake to sunshine, and experience adequate levels during the day, as light enters the eye, the brain's production of Melatonin, which is the hibernation and sleep hormone, switches off from it's night-time production, to enable you to have an active and vibrant day. When summer ends, and it gets darker and duller all day, we experience the effects of this hormone leaking like a dripping tap into our system for longer periods, maybe all day. Hibernation behaviours set in.
SAD symptoms are experienced uniquely by each person, and not all will apply to everyone, but if a majority of the list below sounds like you, consider a consultation for an action plan. It can be done, you can change your vulnerability to SAD, break your pattern every winter, and this can help relationships, work life, personal happiness and emotional well being;
- You may feel more tired as autumn sets in, and lack energy and enthusiasm, whereas when spring appears, you have increasing energy, enthusiasm and joy in life.
- You may crave carbohydrates, eat more, and gain weight, maybe change your whole eating pattern and appetite, and drop weight in summer.
- You may sleep much more, and feel sleepy and drowsy after food.
- You may feel antisocial, less emotionally invested in your family, partner.
- You may feel depressed, pessimistic, dispassionate.
- You may make bad decisions, maybe leave jobs, relationships, in the autumn, avoid new challenges.
- You may be super sensitive to sunlight and need sunglasses more than most people, and certainly in summer sun.
Self help, life management tactics, family help, the purchase of a Lightbox, and Reflexology can diminish the effects of SAD. It can be managed, rather than have it manage you...
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