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Don’t Be SAD


Article posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi - January 2nd, 2013



Finding yourself sleeping and eating more? Feeling a little down? Fighting excessive weight gain? These are common symptoms of the winter blues, clinically known as Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD). SAD hits many of us that live in the beautiful Great Northwest this time of year due to the shorter, darker days.


Never fear, there are many natural ways to combat the winter blues.


  1. Light Boxes. I have one and I love it. Research has found many suffering from the winter blues experienced relief solely from the regular use of light boxes. Light boxes produce similar effects to the sun's natural rays. The high intensities of light improve the mood of those suffering from the winter blues because they restrict the secretion of melatonin in the brain. These boxes are best used daily and in the early morning for periods of 30 minutes to two hours

  2. Exercise. Oh you knew this was coming. Not only does it increase the feel good hormones, it combats stress and will help manage that excess weight gain. Even a brisk 30-minute walk can make a difference. Try it even when you don’t feel like it and see what happens. Do it outdoors and boost the effect.

  3. Eat Chocolate. Like exercise it boosts the happy hormones. Okay, eat other stuff too, like tryptophan rich turkey tuna and chicken. White beans and brown rice are also carb rich mood boosters. Hey, eat this outside and see what happens. Just a thought.

  4. Laugh. A gut-busting movie like “Bridesmaids” always does it for me. Or this joke my 9-year-old son told me that gave me a case of the giggles all day. “What kind of vegetable can you find in the toilet?” A Leek.

  5. Supplement. A good quality multi, Vitamin D, and Fish oil can fill in the gaps that are present in even the best of diets. Studies have shown that St Johns Wort has some positive effects on the symptoms of SAD, but consult your doctor before introducing this to your diet.

Or you could always move to Hawaii, or Mexico, or Florida. Seriously we have it all here in the Northwest, beautiful seasons, an hours drive to the coast or the Mountains, and amazing cuisine. Unfortunately, come February, many of us just want to curl up on the couch. Know you are not alone, try some of the steps above, and hopefully you will find yourself smiling come spring.


Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549
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