Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment
I’m sure you’ve heard of the “winter blues” or even “summer blues.” You can naturally feel blue for many reasons, but if it happens because of the change of seasons, it is called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Feeling blue, can be from not getting enough of the natural “blue” light vibration (day time lighting) absorbed into your skin and through your retina in your eyes. It causes you to feel blue! It is a mild form of depression that can sometimes get more severe if the person being affected does not take some positive steps to alleviate it. Fortunately there is a natural Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment that can easily move you from SAD to Glad in a few short hours.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short, affects up to 10% of the population according to Wikipedia.org. It affects women a lot more than men, about 4 times more women experience the signs and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder than do their male counterparts. SAD feelings usually begin when the season changes from fall into the longer and darker winter months, but it can happen in the dead of summer as well. Some people can feel it and be over it in a few hours and get back on track. Other people have a more difficult time shaking these feelings. If it lasts longer than a few hours it leads to SAD Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression.
How do you know if you have SAD Depression? There are some common signs and symptoms that you can look out for to see if you or someone you know is suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD Depression. As the title shows it is usually Seasonal, because of the changes of seasons, and the change from your regular pattern of living to an altered one.
If you were active, but now that the seasons have changed you can’t do what you were dong before, it can cause feelings of depression. Social norms can change because of this and you may feel more isolated and lonely. It can become a cycle that is a little challenging to break out of without a little boost from someone who has been through it or even by allowing a little help from mother nature herself!
There are telltale signs that will notice if you have the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. If you are experiencing 3 or more of these SAD Symptoms when the seasons change into the colder and darker winter months then you just may be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Difficulty Getting Out of Bed
- Cravings for Carbohydrates and Sweets
- Lack of Energy
- Lack of Drive
- Difficulty Relating with Others
- Withdrawal from Friends, Family and Social Gatherings
- No Sense of Purpose
- The word Suicide even crossing your mind
It is generally not severe unless the person does not adjust within a week or two. It’s not the end of the world, just the end of a season. There is plenty that you can do to help yourself or someone you know who is being affected by SAD.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Lights
It’s no secret that natural sunlight on your face and skin for 15-20 minutes per day can lift your depression and have you feeling much more alive and happy. If you can’t get natural sunlight because of where you live, then natural lighting can help you get it, even if you’re stuck indoors. It’s called natural Seasonal Affective Disorder Lights.
Here are the two main types of Seasonal Affective Disorder Lights or natural sunlight therapy that you can use to break out of SAD quickly:
- Natural Sunlight Therapy (20+ minutes of sunlight before 10am or after 2pm)
- Exercise – At least 20 Minutes per day of t
he moderate exercise, preferably outdoors or at a gym with other people. Exercise, even walking, will naturally boost your feel good hormones
- Color Therapy (choose bright colors, particularly yellows, greens and grounding earth or pastel colors)
- Melatonin (Natural Hormone that balances our circadian rhythm – our sleep / wake cycle and sleep is very important for mood)
- Vitamin D3 (You can also get Natural Vitamin D3 by 15-30 minutes of natural sunlight on your skin or using a sad light full spectrum lamp)
- SAD Lamp (If you don’t live in an area where you can get natural sunlight on your skin, use a natural light called a Sad Lamp. These SAD lights Provide full spectrum sunlight and natural mood enhancement as well as natural vitamin D)
Light therapy for SAD is one of the best natural ways to remove the feeling of sad from your life. Get outdoors for at least 20 minutes on days where there is sunlight. Exercise in any way that you can that is comfortable for you. Consider eating more vibrantly colored foods (yellows, oranges and greens) and take some of the recommended supplements above.
Use the following natural SAD Treatment vitamins, herbs and natural therapies to quickly reverse your SAD feelings and feel better quickly:
- Cannabinoids (Pure CBD hemp seed extracts are potent natural healing medicines, they excel at easing sad, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, Anxiety and even heal the physical body of chronic stress related conditions like Cancer! I recommend the Relax Xtreme 1000 because it is specifically for depression and anxiety related stress relief, where some are primarily for cancer or pain relief.)
- Lithium Orotate (Dr. John Gray, world renown natural psychologist and bestselling author of “Women Are From Venus, Men Are From Mars” recommends this highly!)
- Meloncholy Lift (Natural Homeopathic Medicine made exclusively for Seasonal Affective Disorder Relief)
- Anti-Anxiety Plus (Non-addictive natural stress relieving herbal remedy that calms your lifts your mood, soothes your mind, nerves and emotions.)
- Depression Free Method (A natural treatment for depression that teaches you how to be free from SAD and depression for a lifetime)
I personally do not recommend any prescription medications except in case of being suicidal. The other remedies should be tried first because they are more successful long-term and don’t have the dangerous side-effects of Paxil, Prozac, Ritalin and other similar type medications. If you have more than just seasonal affective disorder then also visit: Natural Treatment of Depression.