Winter in New Zealand has well & truly set in! Those frosty mornings & gloomy weather can seriously have great effects on our moods. Winter months bring shorter days, less exposure to the sun and the gloomy weather takes a toll on our bodies at a chemical level. Seasonal sadness or winter blues is experienced by a large portion of us during the winter seasons. If symptoms are severe enough there is a diagnosis of what’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder. You don’t have to have the severe symptoms to notice a significant change in your mood, attitude, motivation and behaviors during the winter months.
WHAT IS IT?
Seasonal sadness can pop up with the following symptoms
* Feelings of anxiety, nervousness, disinterest, irritability and inability to focus
* Withdrawing from activities and people you generally enjoy
* Unusual sleep patterns (too much sleep, not enough sleep)
* Weight gain or loss
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?Seratonin Chemical Chain
Seasonal sadness can come from several things. The lack of Vitamin D in the body due to less exposure to the sun. This decrease in sunlight also begins to effect the seratonin levels in the body. Seratonin is responsible for regulating several processes in the brain which control depression, anxiety, mood, aggression and sleep. With not enough seratonin in the body you can begin to experience things such as depression and irritability. With enough seratonin your mood is uplifted and motivated.
Your body also produces a chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is responsible to help your body relax and sleep. Darkness can trigger the release of melatonin in the body which in turn makes you more tired. There are a couple theories that state that due to the gloomy winter weather many people begin to produce more melatonin in the body than in the summer months, which then explains the irregular sleep patterns that can be experienced during seasonal sadness.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you are experiencing season sadness try the following!
- Physical activity will enable your body to produce endorphins. This will help regulate moods along with boosting energy.
- Meditation and journaling are amazing mindfulness activities.
- Nature therapy has significant benefits for our moods. It helps us feel more grounded and at peace.
- Nutrition as the food we put into our bodies can be beneficial or detrimental to our emotion health
- Essential oils for emotions
- Light therapy
If your symptoms are severe enough see a medical professional
HOW CAN ESSENTIAL OILS HELP?
There are many oils whose chemical properties help elevate mood, increase energy and increase focus and motivation!
Here are a few of my favorites for mood management and that can help tackle seasonal sadness!
Information was obtained by the amazing book “Emotions and Essential Oils: A reference guide for emotional healing. 2017 Sixth edition”
As well as the Emotions and Essential Oils Wheel
Encourages emotional honesty, love & forgiveness.
Rose– The oil of Divine Love
Peppermint– The oil of a buoyant heart
Invigorates the body, mind and spirit. Peppermint also helps to increase energy.
Vetiver – The oil of centering & descent
Brings one back down to earth and assists in grounding and connecting to the world.
There are so many other oils to help with mood management and the battle of seasonal sadness. I recommend this emotions book! If you purchase this kit I will provide a digital FREE COPY of this book as a gift for joining!
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Battle your seasonal sadness and tackle all emotional struggles with essential oils! Let us know how they work for you!