Are you SAD?

Well, it’s official, the days have grown shorter, gotten colder and the rainy weather has increased. You may think you have the summer time blues, but in fact, you could have what 1 to 10 percent of U.S. residents experience every year around this time – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)[1]. The ailment’s symptoms include fatigue, irritability, overeating, weight gain, and depression. Most commonly, SAD persists through fall until spring, though in rare cases, it can continue into summer1. Luckily, if you are experiencing symptoms of SAD, you can cure the blues with some easy DIY home remedies.

Shorter days mean that night time comes with vigilance, locking us up in our homes for more hours than we are used to. Sneaky rugs, floor lips and even small furniture can be the demise of us as we shuffle around in our winter time depression. However, there is good news. With Life Alert Protection, you can hold up in your home for winter and feel 100% safe because they offer the best in personal protection worldwide. While wearing their emergency pendant, you can summon emergency medical response fast with one touch of a button. Plus, their dispatch center is available 24/7 which means during your short day and long night, you can get help any time! If you’re going to be stuck indoors for winter, do it safely and get Life Alert Protection!

Life Alert gives you a reason to be glad during the SAD months. But If you have, or even if you haven’t, been clinically diagnosed with SAD, these recommendations from MindBodyGreen.com1 can help you to navigate the ups and downs of the season change this year.

1. Exercise.

Scientific research into depression has found a link between serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that performs many functions, and depression. Some research suggests that serotonin is responsible for maintaining a good mood, so individuals with low serotonin may experience symptoms of depression. Exercise releases more serotonin in the brain. Think about the high that runners talk about. This may be a result of a boost in serotonin production. Exercise’s effects on the brain are still being uncovered, but what we know supports the notion that exercise is healthy for myriad reasons. For an even greater happiness boost, find exercise that you love. Giving yourself the opportunity to engage in activities that turn you on enriches your life even more. Group exercise programs also contribute the benefits of belonging and community, which help people to feel less isolated, which can be a potential trigger for depression symptoms.

2. Soak up the sun.

We evolved outdoors, hunting and gathering in direct light, even in the winter. But now most of us spend our days in cubicles with fluorescent lighting. Now that you know sunlight is necessary for your wellbeing, you can consciously boost your exposure. Try a few of these strategies. Take a midmorning break from work and step outside for a walk. Even in overcast conditions, you will access the mood-boosting benefits of the sun. Head outdoors as much as you can after work. And exercise outside for a double boost! Alternatively, decorate your office with indoor lamps meant to mimic the sun’s rays.

3. Get calm.

Results indicate that a meditation program might improve signaling connections in the brain and help us to better process emotions. Some research suggests that meditation might rival antidepressant medication for effectiveness in some cases.

4. Eat turkey (or other foods rich in tryptophan).

Tryptophan is an amino-acid found in both plant and animal sources (people are often aware that turkey is a great source of tryptophan), which increases the body’s production of serotonin. Researchers have looked at its role in relieving depression. One study found that nations with the highest levels of dietary tryptophan also had lower levels of suicide. Aside from turkey, you can find the nutrient in egg whites, cod, spirulina, and soybeans.

It is important that you speak with your general practitioner before making any self-diagnosis this season. Although depression can be a scary thing, having a clear explanation for your mood change can hopefully bring you some light in these dark days. Plus, with the simple tips listed above, you can conquer winter with a smile on your face, especially with Life Alert Protection by your side! Their well-known emergency pendant is simply worn around your neck or wrist for 24/7 available assistance at just one touch of a button – allowing you to live safer even while you’re stuck indoors!

The seasons are changing and so are you, be protected with Life Alert Protection! To learn more about their life saving services call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:

Polo, Allana Dr. “Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder Before It Starts With These 4 Holistic Remedies.” MindBodyGreen. 21 October 2015. <http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22122/stop-seasonal-affective-disorder-before-it-starts-with-these-4-holistic-remedies.html

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