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December 20, 2011 / J2 Marketing

Shedding Light on SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you sense the winter blues starting to get you down, it may be time to learn about SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a condition characterized by depression, withdrawal, overeating, and weight gain. Affecting about 7% of the population, women are 4 times more likely to report the condition than men. SAD is thought to be brought on by lack of exposure to sunlight. In recent studies, 80% of those who have severe SAD find benefit from daily light box therapy.

 

  • Only 30 minutes a day in front of a UV light box has great results. Besides heightened exposure to light, other effective and drug free treatment includes getting active. Exercising first thing in the morning helps energize the body tremendously.
  • Planning warm weather vacations for the winter also offers the much-needed light that is missed in the winter and gives you something to look forward to and focus on.
  • Meditation has also proven to be helpful as has expression your feelings to people you trust or by keeping a daily journal.

You should always check with your doctor of Chiropractic before beginning any new exercise program.

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