What is "Seasonal Affective Disorder" & what can be done to help?
December is here and before you know it.... so is 2020! With the gloomy weather on the front, less exposure to the sun, less time outside.... there goes our mood!
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The winter season is also a time of S.A.D. ---> Seasonal Affective Disorder
YES, this exists. No, it's not just you!
People with S.A.D. experience symptoms of depression with gradually increasing frequency as days start getting shorter. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association "About 2 to 3% of Canadians will experience SAD in their lifetime. Another 15% will experience a milder form of SAD that leaves them only slightly depressed, but still able to live their life without major disruptions. People with seasonal affective disorder make up about 10% of all depression cases.". These symptoms slowly improve in early Spring, as the amount of sunlight increases, however, if people are staying inside for most of the day, there symptoms will continue. Seasonal changes in sunlight affect the circadian rhythms that regulate a person's sense of time. Some people consider this to be their "internal biological clock," and disruption to the circadian rhythm can significantly disrupt mood.
The signs and symptoms of SAD tend to include:
anxious feelings that are out of proportion with their cause or trigger
feelings of guilt and worthlessness
stress and irritability
difficulties in making decisions
consistent low mood
restless activity, such as pacing
crying, often with no apparent trigger
feelings of fatigue, even after a full night's sleep
sleeping for too long
social withdrawal and a reduced interest in activities that once provided pleasure
overeating and possible weight gain
Now, we are not sharing this to make you feel like you are doomed, there are many things you can do to manage and even reverse some of these symptoms, emotions and feelings.
Top 5 things you can do to manage S.A.D:
1. Acupuncture & Herbal remedies: Acupuncture is shown to promote blood circulation into the brain and gut. Herbal remedies are also used in conjunction with Acupuncture to regulate the digestion (linked to the gut brain barrier). For a short video explaining this, please CLICK HERE!
2. Whole foods: The link with proper whole food nutrition and the connection to our mood has been studied for centuries. We are lucky enough to have a tremendous amount of research on how proper whole foods impact the body, mood, concentration, memory, decision making, etc. Unfortunately it can be tough to get the needed 10-12 servings of fruit and vegetables EACH AND EVERYDAY! Leaving us overfed and under nourished. This is why we recommend Juice Plus+ products at home and at the clinic. Increasing your omega's during the winter will also help keep your body more aligned. For more info on Juice Plus and their amazing Vegan Omega please, CLICK HERE.
3. Self-help—can help you feel better. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, good sleep habits, staying connected to others, balanced thinking techniques, and managing stress have all been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression. These are helpful if you have only mild changes in your mood that follow a seasonal pattern. Doing these things can also help alongside treatment for more moderate or severe symptoms. (CMHA)
4.Counselling: there are many modalities and therapies that can promote better mood and overall better outlook on the world. They do this by coaching you to break the negative patterns of depression including the thoughts and actions that can keep the depression going.
5. Light therapy—has been proven effective for people with seasonal affective disorder. Light therapy should not be done without first consulting your doctor because there are side-effects to this treatment. Sixty to 80 per cent of people with SAD find substantial relief from light therapy.
6. BONUS TIP: Reducing exposure to EMF radiation, including cell phone exposure, wi-fi radiation and eliminating screen time before bed will promote less stress in the body and better sleep. Studies are piling up regarding how dangerous EMF exposures are on our bodies and overall well-being.
TIP 1: Don't hold your phone to your ear (keep distance or use speaker)
TIP 2: Keep your phone on airplane mode when it's in your pocket or on/near your body!
TIP 3: Limit children from exposure by allowing limited screen time, where the device should always be on AIRPLANE mode (if playing a game) and never on the lap while watching anything that is streaming!
TIP 4: Turn OFF your wi-f- router at night!
For help with any of these symptoms, contacts for therapists or treatments, please give us a call. Your local Acupuncture and Holistic Clinic, located in the heart of Etobicoke.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Aculosophy | Acupuncture & PEMF clinic
4889 Dundas St. W. Unit 7 | Etobicoke, ON
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