Autumn and winter bring us lots of fun in terms of Halloween, fireworks and of course Christmas. The other side of the coin is conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder.
This condition is a slippery character. It creeps up on you and may vary from year to year. Initially, it has a good chance of being labelled as depression. The main distinction between SAD and depression is that come spring your symptoms will go away.
I became aware of SAD symptoms a number of years ago. I was working in a shop and it was a dull grey day. A regular customer came in and mentioned the weather. I heard my response which was dull, flat and monotone. I was in complete agreement with how awful the weather was. Does this seem familiar to you? What did you do?
Luckily, I had knowledge to help myself so I started taking vitamin D3. A week later the same customer came in and repeated the same comments. My response was totally different I just said “oh well, that’s autumn for you but aren’t the colours of the leaves beautiful” Hearing my response confirmed to me that the vitamin D3 had helped me.
How does Vitamin D3 help?
Vitamin D3 has long been described as the sunshine vitamin. This is because it encourages the production of serotonin our happy hormone. Serotonin is a hormone that is created in the gut from the amino acid tryptophan.
How can I produce more serotonin and vitamin D3?
The symptoms of SAD
The seasonality of this condition makes it hard to diagnose. A pattern has to be established and take will take a minimum of two seasons. Research is ongoing and there are various theories relating to causes.
What we do know is that light is very important and integral to a number of body functions including
How to help yourself with SAD
There are common themes for anyone wanting to lead a healthy life
As always being the individuals we are different things will work for different people. The range and severity of symptoms will vary from person to person too. What solutions do you use? We would love to hear from you!
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