November 4, 2019
IS BAD WEATHER CAUSING YOUR BAD MOOD?
The days are shorter and colder, and it rains almost every day. Just as the sunny days
are few and far between, your usual sunny disposition seems to be missing in action,
too. And now you’re wondering if the weather really can affect your mood.
As the seasons change, your mood may change, too. And you’re not alone. According
to American Family Physician, about 4 to 6 percent of people may have winter
depression. Another 10 to 20 percent may have mild seasonal affective disorder, also
called SAD, which is a kind of depression that follows the seasons.
If you always feel depressed, fatigued, and irritable this time of year you may have a
form of SAD and should see your doctor.
If you’re simply battling rainy day blues, here are 3 ways to boost your mood.
Go toward the light.
When you’re exposed to less sunlight your body produces more melatonin, a hormone
that can make you feel sleepy. Meanwhile, on these dark and dreary days, your body is
producing less serotonin, the neurotransmitter that can affect mood, sexual desire and
function, appetite, memory, and more.
So, soak up as much sun as you can. Go for a walk, even if it’s cold. If spending time
outdoors isn’t an option, consider a light therapy box.
Let’s get physical.
According to the Mayo Clinic, doing 30 minutes or more of exercise a day for three to
five days a week may significantly improve depression or anxiety symptoms. Physical
activity releases feel-good endorphins that can enhance your sense of well-being.
If it’s too cold or rainy for outdoor activities, find a fitness video on YouTube to help you
work up a sweat or simply turn on your favorite music and dance. Find an activity you
enjoy and stick with it.
Related Reading: How to Make Time for Exercise During the Holidays
Take your vitamins.
Vitamin B12 supplements may improve your mood, too.
Healthline reports that a number of studies have shown that vitamin B12 supplements
may improve symptoms of depression in people deficient in this vitamin. And this makes
sense, considering that vitamin B12 plays a vital role in synthesizing and metabolizing
serotonin, which is responsible for regulating mood.
We’re here to help!
MiBella Wellness will soon offer a special line of supplements that will include Vitamin
B12 and other mood-boosting supplements such as hemp oil extract.
If you want to learn more about these supplements and others, join Dr. Mia Cowan on
Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30 pm CST for her webinar, Ageless Balance.
Register here… https://mibellawellness.com/agelessbalance/