At this time of year, when the clocks change, the shorter, darker days really become noticeable. Suddenly it’s not so easy to spring out of bed in the mornings. And the once light, bright, endless evenings of possibility become a time for hibernation with the heating on full blast. And while some people positively revel in winter, others feel S.A.D – or develop what’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. You might feel a bit down, be irritable, lethargic – or crave carbohydrates. All of which is thought to be caused by a lack of sunlight which reduces our body’s production of serotonin, (the “happy hormone”) and increases its production of melatonin, (the hormone which induces sleep). As a result, our natural circadian rhythm – or body clock – gets disrupted. So it’s no wonder we feel all over the shop. Luckily, there are ways and means of making ourselves feel better. Here are my top five, S.A.D-beating tips…
- Infusions and injections: Our Myers drip contains a supercharged blend of nutrients to boost your energy and wellbeing. Follow it up with a vitamin B injection and you’ll really be flying!
- Vitamin D3 supplements: These are something that all of us could benefit from. Apart from a small amount found in food sources, the only way our bodies can get their fix of this vitamin is by producing it after sun exposure. So less sunlight means less vitamin D. I advise taking 5000 mg a day if you suffer from S.A.D.
- Light therapy: The LED treatment we offer in EF MEDISPA clinics mimics the positive effects of sunlight on the body. Yet unlike a sunbed, it won’t cause burning or skin ageing. Rather, as well as boosting your mood, it’ll help rejuvenate your skin. So you get a double-whammy effect.
- Product picks: In the drab light of winter, our skin can look dull – making us feel dull. I love Dermaquest’s new 3D Stem Cell Hydrafirm serum for its ability to deliver an instant boost of moisture and give skin back its glow.
- The great outdoors: It sounds obvious to say that if lack of light is the problem, then get outside! But how many of us actually make time for this? Be sure to schedule a lunchtime walk to top up your light levels and get a breath of fresh air. Exercise is also an excellent way of boosting the production of that happy hormone, serotonin.