Winter’s arrival brings with it a refreshing crispness in the air and an underlying festive feeling. But as the days get shorter and we feel the temperature drop, suddenly the threat of specific seasonal ailments become a lingering reality. Many of us struggle to get up when we awake to darkness, leaving work, we generally find ourselves been greeted by darkness once more and unsurprisingly this can get us down!
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), typically affects people from October to March and is related to changes in the seasons.
Symptoms can include:
- Feeling low
- Weight Loss
- Social withdrawal
Several studies have investigated the use of Vitamin D in the treatment of SAD, with extremely positive outcomes. Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system and muscles. It is required for the utilisation of calcium in the body and helps maintain bones and teeth. Vitamin D is naturally created by the body through exposure to sunlight and is recommended as a supplement for individuals with limited exposure to sunlight, such as us Irish during the winter months! Other groups at risk of low levels of Vitamin D, include pregnant and breast-feeding women, children and the elderly.
5 steps to feeling positive this winter:
- It is important to keep up an exercise regime, even though motivation can be seriously hard to find when the temperature gets that little bit colder, not to mention when there’s rain involved! Something as simple as a brisk walk can trigger endorphins that create a feeling of positivity.
- Get as much natural light as you can! Wrap up and have a coffee outside and open blinds at work or home to increase your exposure.
- Stay connected! Meet up with a friend or a family member and have a chat. As the old saying goes, ‘a problem shared, is a problem halved’.
- Make time for fun! It is so easy to become bogged down by stress and deadlines so make sure to do one thing you enjoy everyday.
- Maintain a balanced diet. Eating small, regular amounts with lots of fresh fruit and veg will help to keep your energy levels up and mood swings down.
A supplement like Quest Vitamin D3 2500iu can ensure that that you are taking in the optimum amount of Vitamin D. Quest Vitamin D is dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and suitable for vegetarians. One tablet should be taken daily with food and swallowed with water.