Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common occurrence and can affect 10 -20 percent of the population in the US. Exposure to sunlight increases the serotonin levels in your body and without it, your mood can certainly dip and you can experience SAD. Exercising regularly, getting fresh air and treating your body right are all important steps in keeping yourself on the right track this winter. But also, take the time to treat yourself and give yourself an extra dose of confidence and energy as much as possible.
It may seem like a little thing but feeling good in your skin is important to improving your mood. A little self-care like a spray tan can help during those long winter months and it can do wonders for your confidence. To get the most out of your tan, prepare as much as you can before the spray. Take a bath, moisturize your skin and give yourself a good scrub.
It’s been a challenging year to stay healthy and stress is a common factor in gaining weight. Sometimes you may need help to lose those pounds that just won’t drop off. Getting a dietary plan, hormonal and thyroid tests can work alongside your exercise routine. It is crucial that you find out anything that is standing in your way of losing weight and seek advice.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy
KIT is a clinically proven depression treatment and it can do wonders when other depression treatments haven’t worked. Small doses of ketamine infusions can start to work immediately. KIT can be treated along with psychological therapy and exercise. Again, in moderation and combined with other resources to help, it can be a saving grace.
Sleep, sleep, sleep
It’s not as easy as it sounds, but being disciplined to have a good night’s sleep is so important to your physical and mental health. The best sleep aids are natural: foods like olives, asparagus and nuts all contain melatonin. Paired with a glass of warm milk, these natural sources of melatonin make the best night time snacks. Also try taking a warm bath or shower before bed to reduce stress hormones and help you fall asleep easier. And stop looking at your phone in bed! The light produced from phones is similar to sunlight and your body will fight against sleep. If all of those don’t encourage the Zzz then try a melatonin supplement, they come in all types of pills, chewables and syrups so you can choose what’s best for you.
To get through the winter months, try to get into healthy routines that can set you up for success in the New Year.