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HOW DOES SUNLIGHT IMPACT YOUR MOOD?

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CAUSES OF SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER


Although the exact causes of SAD are still unknown, studies have shown that the unique chemical makeup of each person, age and genetics all play roles in whether lack of natural sunlight triggers a seasonal affective response. Any decline in natural sunlight exposure and the resulting vitamin D absorption disrupts the natural body clock that controls the body's gauge for sleeping and waking hours.


This causes uncontrolled deviation from normal patterns and behaviors, which in turn can cause feelings of depression and hopelessness. Reduced melatonin and serotonin hormones - the chemicals released from the brain that control mood - are often also to blame for SAD symptoms that lead to depression.


RISK FACTORS FOR SAD


Some people have proved more susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Those with higher risk factors include women, those who live the farthest from the equator (Eskimos, for example) and those whose family histories include members who have suffered from seasonal affective issues.


As with other types of mental disorders and depression, this disorder should be taken seriously. If you reach the critical stage of feelings of isolation, coupled with severe hopelessness and, perhaps, suicidal thoughts, consult your doctor immediately.


CAUSES OF SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER


Although the exact causes of SAD are still unknown, studies have shown that the unique chemical makeup of each person, age and genetics all play roles in whether lack of natural sunlight triggers a seasonal affective response. Any decline in natural sunlight exposure and the resulting vitamin D absorption disrupts the natural body clock that controls the body's gauge for sleeping and waking hours.


This causes uncontrolled deviation from normal patterns and behaviors, which in turn can cause feelings of depression and hopelessness. Reduced melatonin and serotonin hormones - the chemicals released from the brain that control mood - are often also to blame for SAD symptoms that lead to depression.


RISK FACTORS FOR SAD



Some people have proved more susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Those with higher risk factors include women, those who live the farthest from the equator (Eskimos, for example) and those whose family histories include members who have suffered from seasonal affective issues.


As with other types of mental disorders and depression, this disorder should be taken seriously. If you reach the critical stage of feelings of isolation, coupled with severe hopelessness and, perhaps, suicidal thoughts, consult your doctor immediately.


 


TREATMENTS FOR LACK OF NATURAL SUNLIGHT


Most parts of the world have three low-sunlight seasons, and the only way to absorb enough sunlight during these times is to get natural sunlight to keep serotonin and melatonin levels from sinking. Your skin and eyes should catch sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes a day, even early in the morning when the sun is not yet strong. Do not look directly at the sun, but only at a time.


When natural sunlight hits the skin, it triggers the body to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is present in very few foods, but is necessary for proper calcium absorption. Sufficient calcium levels in the body prevent teeth and bone erosion, including osteoporosis. Most importantly, research has shown that there are levels of vitamin D control mood and feelings of satisfaction, especially in those with risk factors for SAD. Since vitamin D works in concert with calcium to support strong bone health and hormone regulation, taking supplements to replace lost vitamin D as well as melatonin might help to temporarily minimize the effects of a lack of natural sunlight and improve your mood.


Seasonal Affective Disorder has been successfully treated with light therapy, during which the sufferer is exposed to specially designed lights. They can be set up in the home or office, and have been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of SAD.


Remember to talk to your doctor if you show signs of SAD, especially during the winter months.


COMMON ESSENTIAL OILS IN AROMATHERAPY RECIPES FOR SAD


On her website, AromaWeb, Wendy Robbins, who holds an American College of Healthcare Sciences Certificate in Aromatherapy, recommends essential oils for depression, along with several recipes:



  • Bergamot (uplifting, soothing)Ibiza AList Wellness weeks

  • Clary Sage (euphoric, relaxing)

  • Frankincense (calming)

  • Grapefruit (awakening, motivating)

  • Jasmine (comforting, uplifting)

  • Lavender (balancing, relaxing)

  • Lemon (revitalizing, cleansing)

  • Neroli (peaceful, soothing)

  • Orange (calming, uplifting)

  • Rose (calming, uplifting)

  • Sandalwood (comforting, relaxing)

  • Ylang Ylang (balancing, uplifting)


WELLNESS RETREATS ARE THE PERFECT ESCAPE 


 As the winter can be long, planning ahead to take a brake during the long winter months can be a perfect way to diminish the effeccts of SAD. Planning ahead it does not need to be so costly and it will give you something exciting to look forward to, complemented with a Wellness escape can provide you a great balancing reenergizing mindset as well.


In Ibiza A-List you can find different wellness options that range from a weekend to a week. There is a varied range of yoga, pilates, dance, have a look at our Wellness section and start preparing for the escape that will provide you with an amazing, joyful, relaxing and calming experience in the sunny, green and peaceful countryside of Ibiza. Ibiza A-List Wellness