Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression related to changes in seasons.
The symptoms that SAD includes fall under the category of stress, which is a major trigger for vertebral subluxations - muscles go into spasm, adjacent nerves are choked or chafed - and therefore chiropractic is helpful to those that suffer from seasonal depression.
Maintaining a consistent chiropractic adjustment schedule is key to dealing with the stressors of SAD. Like many chiropractors, I take a natural, drug-free approach by making adjustments to the spine and other parts of the body. As an ongoing treatment, chiropractic encourages the body to function at its full potential.
Direct sunlight is the best way for our bodies to absorb vitamin D. However, in the midst of winter here in Central Illinois it's pretty cold (and icy) outside. Taking vitamin D to supplement the exclusion of sunlight from your days is something I recommend to many patients. You may also find that taking vitamins that contain magnesium, B complex, and minerals are helpful, also.
Exercise is good for you and should be fun, so it becomes something to look forward to each day. Running, walking briskly, ice-skating or sledding with children are great ways to enjoy the winter weather. If it's too cold outdoors at the very least make sure you leave the house or office. Take a walk around the mall, go for lunch or a coffee downtown, or visit the Y and take the children (or grandchildren) swimming. Don't avoid social outings there is so much to do in Springfield.
The type of food you eat will have an effect on the way you feel so avoid too much sugar, carbohydrates, and caffeine. Limiting wheat and dairy can be a challenge, however overindulging can promote inflammation and you may feel sluggish. There are plenty of healthy alternatives available. Just make sure you are getting plenty of fruit, vegetables, and proteins.
While we're on the subject of protein, omega-3, found in fatty, cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring is great for the body. Flaxseed, flax oil and walnuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids, and small amounts are found in soybean and canola oils.
We offer acupuncture at AlignLife of Springfield, which is a traditional Chinese medicine well known for its positive effect on pain, mood, and hormone imbalances. And, Emily, our in-house massage therapist, can help you to relax while you unwind from daily stresses at home and work.
Now is the perfect opportunity to take a little time to restore your energy for the coming year. Get out of the house, and office, eat cleanly and supplement with vitamins and minerals you may have been lacking, and work on getting your body, and mind, back to a good place.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call on 217-787-7500 or drop into the office at 2025 West Iles Ave, Springfield. We also have daily updates on our Facebook page.