Battling the Winter Blues

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 [...]


Beat the autumnal blues…

The nights are now well and truly drawing in and becoming colder and darker, so it’s common to feel low in mood.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you feeling upbeat:

Vitamin D This sunshine vitamin has been getting more and more press coverage in recent months and it’s an important vitamin in [...]


Are you SAD or just Grumpy?

In the summer can you take on the world and work all day, with buckets of energy? But in autumn and winter do you feel lethargic and eat more, especially carbs, and feel irritable or overly anxious? It could be that you are just lacking in light. These are some of the symptoms of [...]


An Introduction to Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Winter Blues

About SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is now officially recognised as a medical condition thought to affect over 2 million of the British population.

SAD can affect people of any age but most commonly it starts between the ages of 18-30. At one time it was thought that four times as many women [...]


Beat the winter blues: Supplements and SAD

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 [...]


Light therapy for SAD: Looking on the Bright Side

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 [...]


Moving the clocks back an hour might not be great for our health

The clocks went back an hour this weekend and although I enjoyed the extra hour in bed there has been a recent report (1) which argues the health benefits of not putting the clocks back in winter but still putting them forward in the spring.  The report, published in the British Medical Journal says [...]


As autumn and winter draw in can we do anything to boost our morning energy levels?

Days are getting shorter and there is just over a month before British Summertime ends on 31st October.  Some people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, and find the darker months incredibly difficult (please read my previous posts for more information about SAD).  Many more individuals exhibit symptoms, in autumn/winter, such as [...]


Sunrise alarm clocks may help us wake with energy during the dark winter months

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 [...]


More evidence backs the use of St John’s Wort in treating depression

At the beginning of September I wrote a piece about light therapy in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  A common feature of SAD is low mood and depression and many individuals suffering from these kinds of symptoms would really prefer to take a natural alternative to conventional anti-depressant medications.  One option to [...]