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 [...]


Trouble getting up in the mornings? A new symptom linked to SAD.

At this time of year, many people struggle to get up in the dark mornings. The lack of light on winter mornings affects sleep-related hormones, leaving many tired and unrefreshed.

Those with DPSP have difficulty getting to sleep at night, and struggle with rising in the morning. (4)

A new study, published in [...]


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 [...]


Beat the winter blues: diet and SAD

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


A lighter way to enjoy the autumn and winter months

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 [...]