Ever find yourself feeling a little more anxious, irritable, tired or down during the winter months?
You’re not alone.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, as many as three per cent of Canadians struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a form of depression that appears during certain times of the year – and another 15 per cent may experience a milder form of this seasonal sadness (a.k.a the “winter blues”).
While the exact causes may differ from person-to-person, it’s believed that seasonal depression is often triggered by shorter days and reduced sunlight in the winter. These changes can disrupt the body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) and affect the natural balance of serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain that help regulate mood, sleep and appetite.
Getting more exercise, eating a healthier diet, sleeping properly, and spending more time outside in natural light can all help combat the effects of the winter blues. The Align healthcare team can assist in a number of ways too:
- Regular chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy have been shown to reduce depression, improve sleep, and promote healthy function of the immune system.
- A relaxing massage can help alleviate stress and anxiety.
- Naturopathy can provide holistic strategies and treatments to overcome mental obstacles and enable the body’s natural healing abilities.
If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or down, know that the whole Align team is here to help in any way we can. Our practitioners will work together to put a personalized treatment plan in place to improve your health and help you beat the winter blues once and for all.
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