The SAD Days of Winter

If you feel sad lately, you may be suffering from SAD.

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Nili Abrahams, CHHC,

Sun power
Sun power
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The rainy or snowy season is upon those of us north of the equator. This weather at times might be gloomy and is forcing us to stay indoors not reaping the health benefit of the suns warm rays.

Are your moods affected by seasonal changes? Do you find yourself lacking in energy or is it difficult to stay active and social? Does this feeling return yearly at approximately the same time each year?

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, includes symptoms that can start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Other symptoms include: hopelessness, increased appetite craving more sweets, needing more sleep, having less energy and ability to concentrate along with general unhappiness and irritability.

According to Mike Adams, the Health Ranger and editor of Natural News, sunlight is the answer to improving and reversing these symptoms. He says, that all people need to do is to step outside and expose their skin to natural sunlight -- without using sunscreen -- for a few minutes each day, and their body and nature will take care of the rest.

The human body was designed to be exposed to sunlight on a frequent basis.

While you might be tempted for the quick fix of pharmaceutical drug therapies, there are natural options that are very effective.

Try joining a gym or ways to exercise outdoors. Take walks or explore winter sports for even on grey days you will manage to get some sunshine.

Try to stay away from the sugary foods and eat more protein-dense meals, like an egg omelet for breakfast or chicken sandwich for lunch. This will help you increase your alertness.

And finally, stay away for too much alcohol. A drink or two might help dispel anxiety or relieve stress for a short while. But because alcohol is a depressant, your mood plummets when the buzz wears off.


Nili Abrahams, Certified Holistic Health Coach at ChooseLifeNutrition, integrating Health and Wellness with Torah’s Wisdom.