Are you stuck in the middle of winter? While winter can be pretty and the season changes can be enjoyable, sometimes they can also be detrimental to our health. When the sun does not shine, our bodies do not produce as much serotonin. Serotonin helps regulate our mood. Therefore, it is common for individuals to suffer from the winter blues and even more serious conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder.
SAD is a mental condition. It is a type of depression that occurs seasonally and affects individuals during the colder months of the year. The symptoms of SAD present themselves very similarly to depression. However, once the sun begins to shine again, the SAD sufferer stops experiencing depression like symptoms.
Whether or not you are a victim of SAD, the lack of sunlight can affect you. If you notice that the sun shines less where you live during the winter months, consider supplementing the light in your life. The right artificial light can serve as a great substitute for the sun during these winter months and can help you overcome your feelings of the winter blues. Use SAD therapy lamps regularly and you will start to notice a difference in your symptoms. Most of the time, these lights can reverse the effects in a matter of days.