SAD; Beating the Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD, for short. I always kinda blew off the thought of this disorder as something really real… until my stroke. And now I know it’s a real thing for people during the winter months. 

Because of whatever area of my brain that was affected, I experience a level of depression and melancholy whenever the weather is overcast and blah. For me, it doesn’t matter the time of year, but I now totally get how people with SAD feel during the winter.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is basically a condition that involves moods, and affects people who are normally healthy mentally. Some of the symptoms could include many of the same symptoms as clinical depression: difficulty wanting to wake up, tendency to oversleep, tendency to emotionally (over)eat, cravings for carbs, withdrawal socially, lack of energy, and the list continues.

It’s essentially caused by an unavoidable hormonal imbalance in the body. During the winter months Melatonin (the hormone that helps you sleep) shifts due to the lengthened darkness of the days which causes other hormones to shift. This is especially true of the hormone called Seratonin (the one that helps us to feel good). 

Some of the coping strategies I’ve found include making sure I get more light on those days. My husband always teases me when it’s an overcast, dreary day about every light in the house being on. And it’s true. Lol. I turn on all the lights on in my surroundings, and it helps a lot. I also increase the brightnesses on my phone, tablet, and desktop monitor. It helps more than you know to kick out the Eyeore feeling that dogs a person with SAD.

Another coping strategy is making sure to get enough Vitamin D. If it’s too cold to be out in the sun, then a D3 supplement is imperative. Make sure it’s D3 which you can pretty much find everywhere. 

Then too, Essential Oils are all about lining out moods, and can have a definite balancing quality for a person with Seasonal Affective Disorder. One that’s my favorite to use is plain Jane Lemon Essential Oil. It’s simple, inexpensive, and has a host of other wonderful properties like fighting off cold and flu germs.

Some call it sunshine in a bottle, and I def agree with that description. It really does make me feel happier on dreary days. I use it diluted in a Rollie Bottle a couple times a day behind my ears on SAD days. Diffusing is a really happy thing too. 

I recently posted a Lemon Essential Oil profile on the site. If you’d like to read more about this wonderful oil just click the link.

Here’s to beating your winter blues! ️ 

If you’re interested, here is a more detailed article on Seasonal Affective Disorder and Essential Oils that can help:

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