It is this time of year that I along with many others in the UK find difficult. The days are short with low light levels and outside it is cold and damp. SAD is common with 1 in 50 people having mood disturbances in the winter months.
When the weather is bad, I don’t feel like stepping outside, but once I do, I feel so much better for it. I walk briskly, getting my heart-rate up slightly. The endorphins must kick in because I come back in a better mood.
As well as getting outside every day, I take daily homeopathic remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder. I have been taking these remedies for quite a few years during the Winter. I can definitely feel the difference. My mood is generally much better than it was before I started taking remedies for SAD.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder 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?
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 amongst people with SAD.
An article in Psychology Today discusses the psychological consequences of Vitamin D deficiency.
How can Seasonal Affective Disorder be treated?
If going outdoors for at least 30 minutes a day, and eating a diet high in Vitamin D still gives you a low mood, then the next thing to try would be a Vitamin D supplement. If this still does not do the trick, then try homeopathy.
Homeopathy can be very useful for SAD. There are many homeopathic remedies that have 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.
If you would like to discuss homeopathy for your SAD symptoms or for other health issues, feel free to book a free discovery call with me, or email me.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues.
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.
I am always happy to hear from you.