Winter isn’t call Old Man Winter for nothing. Perhaps you have noticed greater mood changes during autumn and winter months. Most people naturally experience more down days in autumn and winter than during times of longer and brighter days. If you have noticed increased changes in your mood, know that you are not alone. The best news is Spring is right around the corner, this is a time to celebrate.
Millions of people develop a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short. SAD is a type of depression which occurs during the autumn and winter months when there is less sun light and shorter days. People with SAD experience symptoms such as:
-Decreased concentration and sleep problems
Researcher’s have narrowed down several reasons why people may have developed SAD. One reason is because of how the sun’s light regulate our inner clock . We have an inner clock which tells our bodies when to rest and when to wake. This inner clock is called melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone in the brain that regulates the sleep and wake cycles. It’s made in the pineal gland during the dark. In autumn and winter the pineal gland can produce more melatonin then the brain needs; which can cause severe depression and fatigue. Researchers also founded that a chemical in the braid called serotonin can have a major affect in our mood.
Serotonin is a chemical in the body that acts as a neurotransmitter which aids the body in transferring messages from one area of the brain to the next. It’s also produced in the brain. Serotonin regulates things like mood, sleep, appetite and memory. Researchers have found that sun light increases serotonin. During seasons of decreased sun light and shorter days our brain produces less serotonin and we are at a greater risk of feeling depressed.
There are lots of ways to get rid of the winter blues, here are a few:
-Practice positive thinking
-Talk to a profession
-Eating fruits and vegetable
-Taking care of yourself
My Life’s mission is to persevere through life’s experiences, to embrace life’s diversities and to endure life’s challenges for the purpose of teaching healing and empowering others to be their best. -Rhonda Davis-
Over the weekend I practiced 10 timeless principles of lasting happiness. Last week I shared an article I read on these principles and found them to be helpful in my journey to becoming a better me. Incorporating these principles into my weekend as best as I could confirmed that happiness is a choice.