During this time of the year when the clocks go back and the days are shorter, many people suffer from low energy levels, a lack of motivation, and general SAD feelings.
What is SAD?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression which makes some people who generally have good mental health throughout the year experience depressive symptoms, mainly in the winter.
Symptoms of SAD can include:
- A persistent low mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal everyday activities
- Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- Going to bed much earlier than normal yet finding it hard to get up in the morning
- Comfort eating and gaining weight
What Causes SAD?
According to the NHS website, ‘the main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the ‘hypothalamus’ (also known as the Pineal Gland) from working properly. The ‘hypothalamus’ is responsible for:
- Production of melatonin– a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher than normal levels
- Production of serotonin– Commonly referred to as the happy hormone, serotonin affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression.
- The body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) – your body uses sunlight to time various important functions, such as when you wake up, so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt your body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD
It is also possible that some people are more vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes, as some cases appear to run in families.’ (NHS website)
Why does SAD affect people of colour more than others?
People of colour are ‘people of the sun’. We are designed to live in hotter climates, where the sun is out for most of the day. With the lack of sunlight, the Pineal Gland isn’t able to function properly; it is further calcified by sodium fluoride in toothpaste, tap water, and products used on the skin and in food.
The main treatments offered by the NHS are:
- Lifestyle measures, including getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels
- Light therapy – where a special lamp called a light box is used to simulate exposure to sunlight
- talking therapies, such cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling
- antidepressant medication such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
The problem is, many people of colour are diagnosed as suffering from depression and offered SSRI’s, instead of being offered Vitamin D supplements, Light Therapy, or even COLOUR THERAPY (which isn’t even on their list!)
I used to suffer from SAD really badly, but in 2009 I intuitively healed myself by painting bright, vibrant paintings and hanging them on my walls (see my Art page!) During that particular winter, I noticed while painting that I wasn’t getting any of my usual symptoms, which led me to study the benefits of colour on the MIND and EMOTIONS.
Come to my FREE Workshop at Brixton Library on December 18th where I’ll be explaining the benefits of COLOR THERAPY in more detail!
This is a FREE event, but you must reserve your place on Eventbrite
You’ll also be able to get a signed paperback of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ for only £9.99 which features all my artwork in FULL COLOUR, so you can benefit from the colour therapy in them while you read! (Visit my Art Page to view more of my art!)
If you are unable to attend, you can still order your signed paperback:
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Hope to see you there!
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