Dealing with winter depression and how to beat it
Winter blues and its occurrenceDue to these reasons, myriads of people tend to have low energy and mood or experience what is known as the “winter blues”. The winter blues usually starts in the end of autumn and spread through the months of winter. However, people living in New York, New Hampshire or Maryland are much more affected by the winter low mood and energy than those in sunny Florida. Southern residents tend to cope better with the winter blues since they are exposed to significantly more daylight and higher temperatures.
Due to the lack of light in the winter, people who experience winter blues produce higher levels of melatonin (natural light’s function is to deter the production of the sleep hormone melatonin). Higher melatonin can cause lethargy and symptoms of depression. Science suggests light therapy as an effective way to bring the energy and mood back. In Sweden – one of the northernmost countries in the world where lack of sunlight is a big challenge in winter – there are medical clinics with special “light lounges”. These are rooms with colorful chaise lounges and bright lights placed above them. Usually they are used for group sessions during very long and dark winters.
3 simple tips on handling the winter blues1) Eat well:
Treat yourself happily with different kinds of food. Winter can call for carbohydrates and sugars, but you should not also underestimate the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
2) Be as active as possible:
You should not only eat well, but also exercise regularly. It makes you healthier and tackles depression. It is even better to do your trainings outside where you can also gain some daylight.
3) Get more light:
You should try dancing that “winter blues” outside. Try to get out as much as possible and suck into every inch of light that is available to you. If the weather is too harsh, you may sit next to the window contemplating the winter snow fairy.
What does the science say about light therapy?Research has also shown that light has a direct influence on our circadian rhythms and on our health in general. Light therapy is also one of the most popular ways to treat winter blues. On the market there are light therapy boxes, which are said to help. However, their bulky design and necessity to stay static in front of them for 30-40 minutes make their user-experience difficult for our busy lives. That is why AYO comes into play with its innovative design and full guidance provided from the goAYO app for achieving best effect.
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