Discover effective ways to naturally bolster your body's defenses against seasonal depression.
Published 21 Aug 2023
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The winter and early spring season bring cooler temperatures, shorter days and longer nights. With that, some may experience mood changes, but not to worry as there are many natural interventions that may improve one’s mood, sleep and energy. Below are some natural interventions that may help.
Spend time outdoors when it is sunny and open up windows so light can shine into the house.
Studies have shown that light therapy can be equally effective as medications for SAD or depression.
Reduce simple sugars, which
may be inflammatory for the body. Reduce food additives such as
MSG, aspartame, artificial additives, and high fructose corn
Increase fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, and kimchi. This produce beneficial bacteria for the intestines, which have a positive effect on brain health.
Increase healthy fats such as avocados, walnuts, seeds, and omega-3 eggs. Increase organic fruits and vegetables; the more colorful the better.
Do what you enjoy as long as you are moving: Bike, jog, hike,
stretch, take walks, do yoga.
Spend time in nature, whether it be at the beach, in the forest, or in the mountains.
There are excellent teas that can improve mood such as lemon balm, tulsi, passionflower, ginseng, peppermint (do note, that if you are on medications, some of these botanicals may interact with your medications).
Diffusing lavender, bergamot, and frankincense can help improve your mood.
Taking supplements including vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, and vitamin D can help support your mood as well as your immune system