Fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder Starts with Self-Care

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also referred to as seasonal depression, is a common psychological condition affecting countless people across the world each year. The disorder, which occurs when days become shorter and darker, is a serious mental health concern for many. Common symptoms include negative thinking, a loss of energy, increased appetite, and general listlessness.

While the exact causes of SAD largely remain a mystery to the medical profession, its effects and potential harms are well-documented. If you find you’re experiencing uncharacteristic depression, a loss of energy or other symptoms of SAD, it may be time to consult a healthcare professional. Working with a trusted psychiatric care professional or holistic healthcare provider can help you identify a treatment strategy that will help lift you up out of your winter blues.

And while you might find yourself being prescribed a more active exercise regimen or vitamin D supplements, chiropractic is another option you may want to consider this winter. Posture Works aims to help San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients focus on improving their mood by improving their spine health.

Self-care for SAD

While medical and psychiatric attention is undoubtedly an important aspect of treating SAD, some of the most significant changes you can make in your life to stave off seasonal depression begin at home. Learning how to take the steps necessary to beat SAD can help you make the most of your winter season and fight off even the most egregious winter depression.

Practicing self-care and working to ensure that your own mental health is a top priority in your life can help you fight off the ill effects of seasonal depression. Here are just some strategies you can implement to help you avoid the winter blues:

  • Implement light therapy: Some studies and anecdotal evidence indicate SAD is directly tied to the lack of light many people experience in the winter time. Consider investing in a daylight-mimicking light source for your home and think about new ways to expose yourself to natural sunlight in the winter months.
  • Exercise regularly: One of the most significant tools you can use to fight off seasonal depression is regular exercise. Developing a workout routine you can stick to is one important way you can stave off SAD symptoms.
  • Connect with friends and loved ones: Many people feel isolated and alone in the winter months. Make a point to connect with your friends, family members, and loved ones as often as possible, and on a regular basis.
  • Stop unhealthy habits: Avoid eating unhealthy foods, and replace unhealthy habits like television watching with productive activities, like knitting, or sewing. Consider getting a head-start on your summer garden by planting seeds and placing them under your daylight-mimicking light source.

While many of these tips are useful, it’s important to remember that no degree of self-care is a suitable replacement for professional mental health assistance. If you’re experiencing depression, anxiety, or suicidal ideation, reach out to a qualified mental health expert right away.

Don’t forget about chiropractic

One last thing to consider this winter is a visit to the chiropractor. Having your spine adjusted to alleviate minor aches and pains and to restore nerve signals and blood flow throughout your body is a great way to feel your absolute best physically while you focus on your mental health.

Posture Works strives to help residents of both Denver and San Francisco get the chiropractic care they need, especially during the winter months. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we develop and deliver innovative treatments aimed at addressing a range of health concerns, including SAD. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.