When the days are dark and the evenings are sooo long it can really make you feel down.

Even for the real positive folks amongst us.

It’s HARD sometimes to not let the dark nights affect us.

For a large percentage of the UK population, the symptoms of SAD cause a change in mood and health also known as the “Winter Blues”.

Winter can be a tough time to stay on track as our bodies adjust to the light and change in season.

Most people crave carbs and feel far more tired in the winter which can be terrible for eating habits that you have kept up so well during the summer months.

What causes SAD?

The exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood, but it’s linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter autumn and winter days.

The lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the hypothalamus working properly, which may affect the:

Production of Melatonin – melatonin is a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher than normal levels.

Production of Serotonin – serotonin is a hormone that affects your mood, appetite, and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression.

Body’s Internal Clock (circadian rhythm) –your body uses sunlight to time various important functions, such as when you wake up, so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt your body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD.

It’s also possible that some people are more vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes, as some cases appear to run in families.

You know I LOVE a quick tip list so I’ve been brainstorming some quick tip fixes…

Let me know if you agree, disagree or contribute with few of your own

1. Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for good health, here are some great foods packed full of vitamin D:

Wild Salmon – I LOVE Sockeye salmon from Ocado
Eggs
Mushrooms
Fresh Tuna
Organic Pork
Organic Vegetables, vegetable, and more vegetables!

2. Try to get as much natural sunlight as possible even if it is just a small walk at lunch. Make your work and home environments as light as possible and open a window for some fresh air.

3. Take plenty of regular exercises, particularly outdoors and in daylight. One 10 minute HIIT will make you feel more motivated and raise your spirits and gets all the happy hormones racing around your body.

 

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