As winter approaches, the weather becomes cold making many people find themselves experiencing the winter blues, also known as a seasonal affective disorder. This Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD as it is popularly called is a mood disorder. A person with this disorder will have normal mental health throughout the chuck of the year but exhibit depressive symptoms at a particular time each year, most commonly in the winter. This is common amongst many American women. The symptoms and effects range from suicidal tendencies to lack of interest in activities, restlessness, depression, lack of energy, sleeplessness and so on.
Winter Blues Remedies
Worrisome as this condition is, it would be satisfactory and rewarding, especially for sufferers, to have an insight on what to do to salvage the situation anytime winter draws near. There are winter blues remedies such as drinks, foods, and habits that have been proven to be effective in helping SAD and putting the symptoms and effect under control. If you’re looking to uplift your mood and spirit in these times, you could opt for switching diets to some of these: Salmonds, Yoghurt, Beef, Lentils, Mushrooms and other foods rich in vitamin D, Zinc, tryptophan, and omega-3 fats.
Yogurt, which contains tryptophan, can help in improving the serotonin production. Serotonin is a chemical that regulates hunger and the feelings of happiness and well-being. Sunlight also triggers this chemical.
Beef which is rich in Zinc is a very effective antidote for SAD. Studies have shown that lack of zinc has been associated with depressive behavior in animal studies. Animal-based foods like beef and mutton contain excess zinc. Other meals that contain zinc in fair proportion are; oysters, chicken, and whole grains.
There are also drinks that can help winter blues. Besides keeping your warm and in good spirits, these drinks also have positive health benefits. Some of them are:
Hot Ginger tea: ginger is well known to promote good digestion and can relieve discomfort associated with the seasonal affective disorder. According to a renowned therapist, Robin McKenzie, “Ginger promotes proper digestion of food and can help relieve the discomfort associated with several conditions like osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. These symptoms are often more disturbing when the weather is cold. Ginger has anti-tussive properties they allow it to relieve a cough. It’s delicious on its own or sweetened with a small amount of honey.”
Other such drinks are; Hot apple cider with cinnamon, which contains a measurable quantity of vitamin c and iron. Cinnamon aids good digestion and can moderate blood sugar levels. Powershot cold buster, made with unsweetened vanilla almond, milk, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and freshly ground ginger. Keeps you warm inside and out. The combination of these ingredients produce chemicals that combat fibromyalgia. Hot water and lemon infusion, obviously the combination of water and lemon. Kantha Shelke, Ph.D. once gave a review of this nice drink. She was quoted to say “this hot drink is founded on the anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties of turmeric. The hot water and lemon combination helps flush the liver and kidneys of toxins.” All of these fight against seasonal affective disorder.
Some of the habits you can imbibe and adjust to wade off SAD besides your change in diet and drinks are taking note of your vitamin D levels, adjusting your sleep time to fit perfectly into the cold weather. Leaving your lights on to warm your house. Sitting near the fireplace. There should also be an adjustment in your dressing habits. Go shopping for new thick sweatshirts, head warmers, hand gloves and long thick boots.
Discipline yourself to adjust to these tips and get the best out of the winter season.