Got SAD? 10 Ways to Keep Your Spirits Up.

When you’re longing for sunshine and the lazy days of long, warm summer nights has morphed into rainy, cold, grey days, how do you get a grip?

Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs in the fall and winter months, most likely in response to the fewer hours of daylight. Symptoms usually begin in late fall or early winter and go on until the following summer. A less common type of SAD, summer-onset depression, usually begins in the late spring or early summer and continues until the following winter. Between four percent and six percent of people in the United States are believed to suffer from SAD. Another 10 percent to 20 percent experiences a milder form of winter-onset SAD. This disorder is more common in women than in men. Although some children and teenagers are affected, SAD usually occurs in people between 18 and 30 years of age.

Some medical experts endorse the following :

1. The use of light boxes to uplift your mood: check out the Verilux Happy Light: delivering therapeutic white light that is just as effective as some of the higher priced products.

2. MOVE-Exercise is recommended as the most effective treatment for mild to moderate depression.

3. Vitamin D deficiency might underlie SAD and that supplementing with vitamin D may help. Since it is estimated that more than 70 percent of the U.S. population is D-deficient, Dr. Weil recommends that everyone take a daily supplement of 2,000 IU but notes that higher doses of vitamin D may be needed to effectively treat SAD.

Other vital recommendations:

4. Get outside and embrace nature’s uplifting surroundings. Be sure to dress appropriate for the elements and then go for it!

5. Connect to others-Reach out to your “tribe” (friends, family, community, your pet) for an uplift: they may meet you for a drink, offer a joke, go for a walk with you or just simply understand.

6. Do More of what makes your soul happy.

7. Nourish Yourself-Buy those colorful fresh flowers, light candles, take a regular yoga class, have dinner parties, go bowling, etc…

8. Read inspirational material/listen to music that stirs your soul and moves your spirit.

9. Meditate-It promotes emotional health and well-being. One study followed 18 volunteers as they practiced meditation over three years. The study found that participants experienced long-term decreases in depression.

Inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, which are released in response to stress, can affect mood, leading to depression. A review of several studies suggests meditation may reduce depression by decreasing these inflammatory chemicals.

10. Laugh More-laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. By seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, though, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life.

*Remember to be grateful for SOMETHING, no matter how small, EVERY day, and see how that brings you back to joy. Gratitude transcends negative energy and delivers you back into the abundance that flows within you, always guiding you into aligment with well-being.♥️

Blessings to you, xo Kristin