Holistic Health Remedies for Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder


Holistic Health Remedies for Seasonal Affective Disorder

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SAD is a condition that typically affects people in the colder, darker months. Women are more than four times as likely as men to struggle with it. Symptoms include sadness, moodiness, and a lack of energy that begins in the fall and continues through winter. Some holistic remedies that Dr. Brad recommends to beat the winter blues include:


Lighten Up!: Try to get outside as often as you can to soak up more light when the weather permits. Try taking a walk every day that you’re able, keeping window shades open, and setting your workstation up near a window if you can. Another option is light therapy using light boxes specifically designed to emit light about 20 times brighter than typical indoor lights. Light therapy is usually recommended for about 30 minutes a day and tends to be the most useful first thing in the morning. The goal is to mimic the light you’d normally get outside during the sunnier seasons of the year.  


Get Moving: Regular exercise can increase serotonin levels in the brain, which can help fight off seasonal sadness. So get moving today, whether it’s a walk around the block, a virtual yoga class, or a hike in the mountains. Any form of exercise will do the trick.


Eat Healthy: Research shows that healthy nutrition is an important part of holistic healing for SAD. Choose recipes that contain natural mood boosters such as dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds, fish, and avocadoes.


Balance Your Energy with Energy Healing: Releasing emotional baggage that may be holding you back is another great way to prevent the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or at least reduce their severity. Energy healing with The Emotion Code® and The Body Code™ can help you let go of those emotions and create more space for joy.


About Dr. Bradley Nelson: Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. You can find a practitioner of his methods at DiscoverHealing.com/practitioners. His best-selling book “The Emotion Code” provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of “The Emotion Code” is now available from St. Martin’s Press. For more information and a free Emotion Code Starter Kit, visit emotioncodegift.com.


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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