How Winter Can Affect Your Health
With winter headed your way, other things change besides the weather. As the leaves fall from trees, and storms begin bringing in rain and snow, it can be easy to get discouraged. Don’t forget, though, that your body also responds to the seasons, and that extra frustration and depression can be related to those changes as well. Here are a few ways how winter can affect your health, and what you need to do to help your health in the wintertime.
Makes You More Prone to Illness
Winter can make you more prone to illness, in part because winter germs abound. As some illnesses are seasonal, like influenza, or get worse during winter, it’s important to boost your immune system as much as possible. Also, your body needs vitamin D, which diminishes with lower sunlight in winter. Ask your physician if adding vitamin D supplements would help you in the wintertime. Supplements such as elderberry can be useful, but always ask a physician what is best needed for your body.
Causes Seasonal Depression
Seasonal depression can be a complicated and frustrating thing to face yearly. There are a few simple treatments, including light treatments, which can help. Having a natural light sun lamp for seasonal depression can be useful as it’s a passive treatment which can be used at your desk or even in bed. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a modern treatment which also can help. TMS has fewer side effects than other depression treatments. It works by using a magnetic coil to deeply stimulate the brain, and is considered safe and effective.
Wake Up Later
It’s harder to get up during the winter for many, as you’re waking up in the dark even if it’s at the same time. Having a dawn simulator can help your brain to regulate in the wintertime. This goes along with sticking to a fairly strict wintertime schedule, also difficult during pandemic. Waking at the same time daily can get your brain to remember regulation, and help get it stabilized. Alongside a good dawn simulator and sun lamp, this can be beneficial to your overall brain health during the coldest and darkest winter months.
Whatever those things are which are causing your body extra depression, please remember that there are many solutions available to you for help. Your body needs healthy brain chemicals to do what it needs to do on a daily basis. Your life is worth the time to get those chemicals in line, naturally and pharmaceutically.
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