FEELING DEPRESSED LATELY? WHY AND WHAT TO DO?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons – SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
WHY IT HAPPENS?
❌Your biological clock (circadian rhythm). The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
❌Serotonin levels. A drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, might play a role in SAD. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.
❌Melatonin levels. The change in season can disrupt the balance of the body’s level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood.
HOW TO FIGHT WINTERTIME SADness?
✅Check your vitamin D levels and ask your doctor 👩⚕️ about appropriate dosage for you💊
I found the best way to take vitamin D: up to 4,000 IU/day with a meal that contains healthy fats: such as avocado, olives, salmon, or nut butter, since the vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Get outside, go for a walk, get sun in.
✅Exercise. During exercise your brain 🧠 releases feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) that can enhance your sense of well-being🤸🏻♂️🏋🏻♂️
References: healthline.com; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov; mayoclinic.org