Is Life Feeling S.A.D.? How to Break The Cycle and Feel Alive Again!
Seasonal Affective Disorder
S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder affects up to 10% of the population according to Wikipedia.org. It usually begins when the season changes from fall into the longer and darker winter months. It is a mild form of depression that can sometimes get more severe if the person being affected does not take some positive steps to alleviate it. If you or someone you know experiences serious mood changes, usually in a negative or depressive type way, they may just be suffering from SAD.
How do you know for sure if you have SAD and are just not sad? There are some common signs and symptoms that you can look out for to see if you or someone you know is suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or Depression.
- Difficulty Getting Out of Bed
- Cravings for Carbohydrates and Sweets
- Lack of Energy
- Lack of Drive
- Difficulty Relating with Others
- Withdrawal from Friends, Family and Social Gatherings
- No Sense of Purpose
- The word Suicide even crossing your mind
If you are experiencing 3 or more of these symptoms when the seasons change into the colder and darker winter months then you just may be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is generally not severe unless the person does not adjust within a week or two. It’s not the end of the world, just the end of a season.
There is plenty that you can do to help yourself or someone you know who is being affected by SAD.
Natural Remedies for SAD
- Natural Sunlight Therapy (20+ minutes of sunlight before 10am or after 2pm – this is the natural SAD lamp!)
- Full Spectrum Lighting (These SAD lights Provide natural mood enhancement as well as natural vitamin D)
- MoodBrite (Natural Homeopathic Medicine made exclusively for Seasonal Affective Disorder Relief)
- St. John’s Wort (A very potent natural anti-depressant that is used in Europe over toxic pharmaceuticals)
- Omega 3′s (Allows for brain and emotion neurotransmitters to work properly – you feel better)
- SAM-e (A natural mood elevator as well as liver and joint pain reliever)
- Lithium Oronate (Dr. John Gray “Women Are From Venus, Men Are From Mars” recommends this)
- Caffeine – Coffee, Yerba Mate Tea, Yerba Mate Capsules (Yerba Mate has twice the caffeine as coffee without the jitters)
- Melatonin (Natural Hormone that balances our circadian rhythm – our sleep / wake cycle and sleep is very important for mood)
- Exercise – At least 20 Minutes per day of the moderate exercise, preferably outdoors or at a gym with other people (If you can’t go outside then get some home gym equipment) Exercise will naturally boost your feel good hormones.
- Color Therapy (choose bright colors, particularly yellow and green)
- The Sedona Method (A fast no-stress way to move past ANY obstacle or feeling)
- Feeling Good (Book by Dr. Burns, that has helped thousands of people)
I personally do not recommend any prescription medications except in case of being suicidal. The other remedies should be tried first because they are more successful long-term and don’t have the dangerous side-effects of Paxil, Prozac, Ritalin and other similar type medications.
SAD Lights – Getting a SAD Lamp
There is a brilliant new therapy called Natural Sunlight Therapy. You can use this even if it’s cloudy outside or you can’t go outside. Watch this short video explaining what SAD is, and how light therapy can help you replace the blues and feel better in about 5 minutes:
Get a SAD Lamp and feel better quickly Change the lighting in your home to full-spectrum lighting. These give the same light frequencies as natural sunlight and quickly elevate your natural mood. Light therapy for SAD is one of the best natural ways to remove the feeling of sad from your life. Get outdoors for at least 20 minutes on days where there is sunlight. Exercise in any way that you can that is comfortable for you. Consider eating more vibrantly colored foods (yellows, oranges and greens) and take some of the recommended supplements above.
If your depression is lasting for more than a week or two then consider getting psychological or counseling assistance. You can also learn to heal yourself and others of depression and SAD by using the Depression Free Method.
You can find out more about this on the Depression Treatment page on this site.