December 2016

Winter Blues

As our days get shorter many people suffer from cases of SAD. It affects a vast majority of us at varying levels most commonly Subsyndromal Seasonal Affected Disorder (SSAD). As our access to sun light diminishes, our melanin production can be thrown off, resulting in extra sleep and grogginess in the morning. Excessive levels of melatonin can be linked to depression. Medication can help with this type of depression as well as several other therapies and activities.

One alternative therapy for SAD is light therapy; it offers a broad-spectrum light, which can act as a substitute to sunlight. People suffering from SAD have been able to avoid medication with light therapy. Patients are expected to spend 30 to 60 minutes daily in front of their light source.

Other strategies for coping with depression is maintaining a well-balanced routine on a daily bases. This means regular deep sleep, regular exercise, meditation, and a well-balanced diet.

Tips for implementing these are:

Finally, if you have felt any signs of depression we advise you to talk to your doctor. All these tips are great tools for coping with mild cases of depression, but it is important to be followed by a professional. Incorporating the above tips with medical therapy has proven to help with better results. Through the process of maintaining regular routines there is a sense of empowerment that is very effective. 

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