Daylight and Depression…are you affected by the days getting shorter?

daylight and depressionWhat about Daylight and Depression…The Days are Getting Shorter…

Is there a link between daylight and depression? The days are getting shorter; are you finding yourself less energetic?  More apt to go home and get in your jammies, plop on the sofa and turn on the TV?

If you are, you’re not the only one.  Many of us struggle with feeling less energetic, a bit blue and some of us get downright depressed when the seasons change, and we don’t get enough sunlight.

One of my favorite gurus on brain health, Dr. David Perlmutter, has a son who is following in his footsteps.  Austin Perlmutter wrote a post I want to share with you.  It’s very timely given we’ve just turned back the clocks.  Here in New England, it’s dark by 4:30 and then still dark in the morning when you pry yourself out of your nice warm bed at 5:45am!

One of my favorite takeaways from Austin’s post is:

“Following a Mediterranean diet, a low glycemic index diet, and a diet low in fast food could be making you a happier (and healthier) person.”

Here’s a link to his post.  It’s a very quick read, and may give you a few tips you can put into practice right away to combat those winter blues!

I really like the way he suggests different diets.  It’s long been my stance that “diet” is a four letter word, and that we shouldn’t follow a diet, but make healthy eating a permanent lifestyle change.  However, the more I speak and write and teach on the subject of healthy eating, the more I realize “diet” seems to be a term that we can all relate to and that creeps into our conversation whether we’re discussing something long term or the current fad diet.

I hope you’ll take a look at Austin Perlmutter’s post.  The one thing I would add is that I’ve found taking SAMe to be extremely helpful in stabilizing mood.  If you’re currently taking any kind of medication for depression or anxiety (or any medication at all), you should check with your physician before adding SAMe to you daily regimen.

Click here to see the SAMe I use.

And if you’d like another few tips about depression, check out this post I wrote from a while back. It’s my take on what it takes to live with depression.

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

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