Hello, Lovely Archangel Metatron follower,
This week has given us a touch of winter, with the weather turning much colder. I can cope with the cold but what I can’t cope with is the dull drab days that winter brings. I am very much a summer girl but my heart belongs to Autumn with all the beautiful colours of the leaves on the trees, the crisp cold mornings but with a blue sky and a burst of autumn sunshine.
As it goes into December and January when its so dark and dank I start to feel my mood dip. Now I know we are in February but I feel with global warming all our seasons have shifted and so our weather patterns and seasons have changed and shifted.
I definitely feel much happier, and positive and have more energy when the sky is blue and the sun is warm and when it is not as I said I feel my mood dip, my energy dip and me starting to go into hibernation mode which is how I have felt this week. I can even go as far as saying I feel a bit low or even a bit depressed. Now I know for me this is going to lift but for some, it is a pattern that occurs every year and every year it seems to get worse and worse until they end up with a depression that they feel is never ending but in the back of their mind they know they will feel better once the Spring comes. If this is you like me you could be suffering from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder!
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.
SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter months.
The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter and the nights draw in faster and we get up for work and school and it’s still dark. Just this can make some of us feel fed up and miserable but others feel depressed. A SAD sufferer’s symptoms will be most severe during December, January and February but can start in November lasting till March.
SAD often improves and disappears in the spring and summer, but may return each year as I said as we approach autumn and winter. It forms a repetitive pattern.
Symptoms of SAD can include:
- a persistent low mood
- a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
- craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
- low self-esteem
- feeling stressed or anxious
- a reduced sex drive
- becoming less sociable
- Life is an effort. You would rather sit and do nothing or not even get up in the morning.
There are a number of simple things you can try that may help improve your symptoms and these are the top tips I go to as autumn and winter approach:
I always try to get outside as much as possible but a least once or twice a week depending on how busy I am and how the weather is performing. If you can get outside on a daily basis in nature that’s even better but I know we all are busy mums and wives but it will really help if we can especially, if it is a nice bright sunny day as natural sunlight will help to boost your mood and lift your depression. Even it is just a brief walk during your lunch break this will make all the difference.
I always sit near windows when I am indoors so that the natural light is coming in where I am sitting. This natural light is helping to boost my serotonin levels improving my mood.
On dull dark days, you could have a light box to hand which will give you the feeling of natural daylight. This is a good option to have if you don’t sit near a window when you are at work. You need to sit in front of it for at least 30 minutes a day. This is something I have not tried but I know it works for some of my clients.
I try to take plenty of regular exercise, again preferably outdoors and in daylight. Exercise naturally raises your hormone levels to produce more serotonin, which will help treat your depression naturally.
I try to keep my diet as balanced as possible eating lots of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Colour also lifts your mood so the brighter the colours of your food the better.
This is next one is not an easy one but I try to avoid stressful situations and take steps to manage stress. As I said this is not an easy one but exercising regularly will help this also.
Burning the essential oil Frankincense and myrrh will help lift your mood and ease your depression. Incense sticks are also available. I find my patients always comment on how lovely my cabin smells when I burn these. Its because it lifts their mood but they also feel comforted and relaxed whilst they are there due not only to the therapy they are experiencing but the oils I am burning. I also burn these in my house in the evening to help me and my family relax and de-stress.
I always carry the crystal orange calcite in my pocket and I have a large one in my cabin and some around my home. This is a fantastic crystal to have in your pocket for SAD and depression.
Here are a few more tips that you may want to try and I have tried from time to time too:-
Ask for help if you going through a stressful time in your life and need an extra pair of hands. This could be for day to day life or preparing for Christmas. Just talking to someone will help you feel better a problem shared is a problem halved as they say. Sometimes just a listening ear makes you feel better and able to cope.
Attend a meditation class or yoga class to bring stillness and balance into your life. You will also meet new friends to add to your support network
Make sure you go out don’t become a house hermit, as this is the worse thing you can do. So if possible force yourself to go out even if it is for that short walk around the block you will feel better.
Talk to family and friends about your SAD, so that they understand how your mood changes and are able to support you during the winter months.
Contact a homeopath who will take a complete picture of your mental, emotion and physical well being and prescribe homeopath remedies and flower essences to help support you during the winter months. They also generally offer 45-60 minute session which gives you time to discuss your SAD symptoms and how you are feeling something a doctor does not have time to offer you.
Book in for some regular reflexology and healing sessions to help you cope on a daily basis by balancing your chakra energy system and just creating you some restorative relaxation time and a listening ear can make all the difference.
The herbal supplement St John’s Wort is a natural alternative to anti-depressants that your doctor will prescribe you but do seek the advice of a herbalist or health food shop practitioner before taking. Avoid if you are pregnant. (Homeopathy can be taken safely when you are pregnant)
Obviously, I am not a fan of anti-depressants being a homeopath and energy healer and personally would try everything else before I took them, but I feel I need to share the following information with you so that you can make the right choice for you.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the preferred type of antidepressant for treating SAD prescribed by a doctor.
They increase the level of the hormone serotonin in your brain, which can help lift your mood.
If you’re prescribed antidepressants, you should be aware that:
- it can take up to four to six weeks for the medication to take full effect
- you should take the medication as prescribed and continue taking it until advised to gradually stop by your doctor. (Please note that homeopathy can be prescribed alongside anti-depressants whilst you are coming off your medication with your doctor).
- some antidepressants have side effects and may interact with other types of medication you’re taking
- Common side effects of SSRIs include feeling agitated, shaky or anxious, an upset stomach and diarrhoea or constipation.
- Check the information leaflet that comes with your medication for a full list of possible side effects.
I hope this blog has given you some helpful alternative tips for managing your SAD symptoms but if you would like further information or you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Much love and light to you all.