Earlier today we set or clocks back for daylight savings, so we got an extra hour of sleep, which I welcomed! With the fall and winter months upon us, the days are shorter and we have less hours of daylight. So by the time we are driving home from work, it is already dark and many may soon be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, happens during the winter months where people experience various symptoms of depression including “sad, anxious or ‘empty’ feelings”.
One reason why some may be affected is because a lot of hormones can be regulated by sunlight, including ones called serotonin. Experts say, one way to combat this issue is to make sure to get out into the sun. Whether you get up earlier and walk for half an hour, or get outside during your lunch to feel the sun on your skin. This is something to take seriously, you may have a case of the blues, and not even know why.
I actually take a daily supplement, because I have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin, is actually a hormone produced by the skin. It plays a part in bone health and can be a determinant factor in developing many diseases because of its role in inflammation. I hope if you are feeling a little blue, you will make some time to step outside and let the Sun, work its healing, magical wonders. It may be a simple solution to the ‘winter blues” So let the Sun shine in.
Peace and Blessings