Do you find this time of year difficult? I would like to let you know that you are not alone. The days are short with low light levels and outside it is cold and damp. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is common with 1 in 50 people having mood disturbances in the winter months.
When the weather is bad, it can be hard to step outside, but I bet that once you do, you feel so much better for it. Walk briskly and get the heart rate up slightly. The endorphins must kick in because when you come back home you are likely to be in a happier mood with increased energy.
As well as getting outside every day, there are homeopathic remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and what are the symptoms?
SAD is when mood changes with a change in seasons or time of the year. You may start to feel ‘down’ when days get shorter in the Autumn and Winter and then start to feel better in the Spring when the days get longer again.
The symptoms of SAD can include:
Sluggishness or lack of energy
Finding it hard to concentrate
More prone to physical health problems such as colds or infections
Sleeping more than usual
What causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
Sunlight controls the molecules that help maintain normal serotonin levels.
Sunlight creates Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone. Certain foods such as oily fish, egg yolks, and mushrooms also contain Vitamin D. Vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and releases serotonin.
If you do not have enough Vitamin D in your diet or enough sunlight, not enough serotonin is made, leading to low mood.
Negative thoughts and feelings about Winter are common among people with SAD.
An article in Psychology Today discusses the psychological consequences of Vitamin D deficiency.
How can Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) be treated?
Go outdoors for at least 30 minutes a day,
Eat a diet high in Vitamin D
Try a Vitamin D supplement
Homeopathy and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Homeopathy can be very useful for SAD. There are many homeopathic remedies that have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) symptoms as part of their picture.
Self-prescribing is not recommended for SAD that recurs year after year. A registered homeopath can piece together all the parts of your health history to find the remedy that matches best.
You can treat an acute, one-off episode of SAD – one that comes on after an unusually long period without sunshine. If you do find a good remedy match, then take it in the 30C potency. If it doesn’t work, then you need the advice of a homeopathic practitioner.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including Seasonal Affective Disorder. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you from getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
If you would like to speak to me about how homeopathy may help with your health issues I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.
I am always happy to hear from you.