Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or seasonal mood disorder affects half a million people every winter month between September and April, in particular during December, January and February. The disorder particularly affects people who live in extreme southern and northern latitudes (areas farther away from the equator).
The change of seasons can trigger a variety of symptoms in people suffering with SAD. Seasonal changes might disturb the level of melatonin and serotonin in the body. Low levels of neurotransmitters have been linked to insomnia, depression, and mood changes. Women more than men, are usually susceptible to seasonal affective disorder.
Although symptoms are clues to diagnosing this ailment, not everyone has the same symptoms. Some common symptoms of seasonal affective disorder or winter depression include:
* crying spells
* trouble concentrating
* body aches
* loss of sex drive
* trouble sleeping
* decreased activity level
* overeating, especially of carbohydrates
* weight gain
There are a number of natural cures that can prove helpful in treating the symptoms or to help in getting rid of seasonal affective disorder. Home remedy options can sometimes completely quell symptoms without the need for further treatments
Maintaining a normal level of physical activity can be useful as a natural cure for SAD. A basic routine of strength and cardiovascular training can make a difference.
2. Well-Balanced diet
Eating a well-balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and other unrefined sources of carbohydrates can help you to relieve stress, prevent depression.
Avoid caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. These food can worsen the symptoms of depression that are associated with SAD.
3. Vitamin. Take a daily multivitamin that contains vitamin B6, thiamin, and folic acid. Studies have shown that all of these B vitamins can benefit mood
4. Relaxation and meditation
If you feel stressed out or anxious then you need try relaxation or meditation in order to get rid of these feelings. Meditation is a method that helps you to elevate all negative feelings in your life and keeps you in high spirits.
5. Light therapy
Seasonal affective disorder is caused by a lack of exposure to sunlight during the cold months. Light boxes help with symptoms, because patients can get a surrogate sunlight in the comfort of their own homes.
6. Let the sun shine in.
Open the curtains, pull up the shades, and spend time in the sunniest room in the house.
7. Get outside
Every day, make sure you step outside of your home for a few minutes during he day. Take a long walk, eat lunch at a nearby park, or simply sit on a bench and soak up the sun. A small amount of daylight may be helpful in reducing the symptom of SAD.