Many millions of Americans experience a change in mood during the Winter times: Seasonal affective Disorder or SAD affects around 3% of the population.
Lack of sunlight can trigger a change in mood and behavior and people who work long hours indoors are most affected.
Symptoms of SAD are:
- Craving of carbohydrate rich food like bread, past, chocolate and rice.
But it doesn’t need to be like that!
There are lot’s of things that you can do to effectively beat the blues:
- Exercise is known to be a mood booster.
- Try to get outside as much as possible. Even when it is cloudy, there is more light outside then inside.
- Get a good source of Omega 3 Fatty acids: Beneficial fats that are commonly found in fatty fish like Tuna and Krill Oil. These fats have been clinically shown to improve mood.
- 5-HTP: A precursor to Serotonin, the “happy hormone:. It is a supplement that you can get at any health store and it will give your body everything it needs to “assemble” Serotonin for you. I recommend a dosage of 100mg in the morning, and 100mg in the evening.
- Get out and meet your friends. Isolating yourself will only make it worse.
- Light therapy: One very effective thing you can do is to get a special lamp designed to help with SAD. It has very bright full spectrum light and simulates natural sunlight in your home.
- Relax, do something for yourself and get a good massage.