If the short, cold, dark winter days leave you feeling lethargic and energy-depleted, then you may be suffering from the winter blues, or its more severe form, seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Other symptoms include carbohydrate cravings, irritability, weight gain and the desire to avoid social situations.
The winter blues are triggered by a lack [...]
Are you the type of person that jumps out of bed every morning with a smile on your face as soon as your alarm goes off, ready and waiting to face the day? Do you remain full of energy and on full pelt for the rest of the day before having a great night’s [...]
In Parts 1 and 2, I wrote about the impact of light therapy and diet on managing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and its milder form, the ‘winter blues’. In Part 3 we’ll look at further nutritional support for this common disorder.
Evidence suggests that people with SAD who have low [...]
Previously I have written about the benefits of light therapy in treating seasonal affective disorder. Light therapy is a popular choice with those looking for a drug-free approach to dealing with SAD or the ‘winter blues’. An equally important consideration is how diet affects mood and symptoms in those with SAD – and in [...]
While many look forward to the crisp and clear autumn and winter months, others find that they struggle through these months feeling tired and low. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that is brought on when levels of natural sunlight are reduced. Symptoms tend to begin as the [...]
The health of our skin is often the first thing people notice when we speak to them. It can tell the tales of the past whether it be sun damage or pigmentation from enjoying just that little bit too much sunshine, or wrinkles and age spots just because of the inevitable ageing process. It [...]
This Autumn I wrote about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy. Many people, myself included, find that waking up in the dark is difficult since the body doesn’t seem to have time to adjust to the start of the day. In the spring and summer it seems easier to get up and start the [...]
I am definitely a morning person and in the spring and summer months I am up and wide awake while many people are still snoozing, this morning it was noticeably much darker and whilst I was still up and ready to go I wasn’t quite filled with the same kind of energy that I [...]