Seasons change and so doth mood.
October 20, 2009 Leave a comment
I like Autumn, but many others I know, Diagnosed with Mood disorder or Bipolar disorder often slide towards depression, fatigue or low energy at this time of year.
In fact many people with no mental health diagnosis will start to feel depressed, extremely fatigued, or sleep excessively in the Fall and Winter.
For those with extreme intrusive symptoms a diagnosis of SAD…
or Seasonal Affective Disorder may be made by a health care professional.
It is believed by many doctors that: mood and energy levels are dramatically change with sensitivity to season (also including S.A.D and seasonal depression) are caused by a disruption bodily hormone cycle.
too much melatonin created in the brain, seems to be the biggest factor .
treatments for seasonal depression, S.A.D.
1. Let there be light Light!
- there is less natural light in Autumn and winter (in fact this is believed to be the major trigger of S.A.D and the like)….
- use increase light indoors: using brighter bulbs and or more lamps.
- get as much natural light outdoors as possible. Sun light is the best treatment.
- many find it most important to get a lot of light in the morning to start the day (artificial or natural).
2. Let there be Blue light!
- Sunlight is the most important treatment for SAD. getting as much as possible….
- many have found that soft blue light bulbs, for no more than twenty minutes twice a day help with fatigue and SAD. Note: that too much direct blue light can be harmful to eyes.
a regular routine of light exercise in the morning.
walking, jogging or exercise outdoors is ideal since it is more time in natural light.
4. the doctor.
doctors can prescribe treatment such as light therapy or medication, if necessarily.
I ..myself… am very sensitive to temperature. When the temperature drops I tend to sleep longer, and my entire body including my thinking slows down.
So I start my morning with a long hot bath or shower, and dress to stay very warm.
So I’d advise others who are also sensitive to seasonal factors to think the same way.
Our interaction with our environment, including light and climate temperature, are integral parts of us we must factor in or wellness.!