Yoga for Seasonal Affective Disorder

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With the nights starting to draw in, I thought it would be good to raise awareness of ‘SAD’ and to offer a possible solution.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms mainly in the winter (however some experience it in spring or summer).

Suffers of SAD may find it hard to wake up in the morning, suffer with nausea, tend to oversleep and over eat, especially craving for carbohydrates which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms can include lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, withdrawal from friends, family and social activities, and decreased sex drive.

Yoga can help fight the battle against winter depression!

Yoga may help alleviate the symptoms of SAD by affecting the level of serotonin in the body. Research shows that people suffering from depression who did yoga experienced an increase in serotonin and became more sociable. Though the study wasn’t focused on SAD, things that work for other kinds of depression are likely to work for SAD.

And while yoga affects the body, it also teaches you about the workings of your mind. In particular, you learn how to handle dark feelings that might otherwise overwhelm you.

Yoga can be a natural anti-depressant remedy and through its sequence of postures, yoga both re-energises and relaxes you. As a physical activity it releases endorphins and helps alleviate low moods and depression. As a relaxation therapy, it also calms your mind and improves insomnia.

If you want to beat the winter blues, or find out more about yoga, please contact Yogaspirit here.

To find out other ways to treat the symptoms of SAD check out the NHS guidelines: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Seasonal-affective-disorder/Pages/Treatment.aspx

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