To beat and overcome SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) you must first understand what to look for. Over the past few years I have noticed some changes that I experience starting mid October that last through February. I start to crave more foods, and even junk foods at times, my metabolism begins to slow, and worst of all, my moods and energy levels begin to suffer.
Those who know me personally know that I am like a machine when it comes to something I want done. I will relentlessly pursue the completion of an important project (work related or not). I have no problem doing this while always making time for the gym, friends, and family.
The truth is, that once November comes around, I begin to lose some of that drive. I always get the gym taken care of and of course my work. But once those things are done I usually feel overly fatigued and unmotivated to do anything else. Even with additional sleep or rest the problems dont seem to subside. I undoubtedly suffer from a light-mild case of SAD, seasonal affective disorder. The winter season with its shorter periods of light have an effect on my moods and energy levels.
This year was the year i decided to take things into my own hands and not be a slave to the seasons. I did some research and decided to purchase a light therapy box. This is a box that sits on my desk and emits a bright light that sends signals to the brain that I am receiving sunlight. Within 2 weeks of using this light I feel a NOTICEABLE difference. I am very pleased with this item and I wish I had tried this years earlier. I have gotten my warm weather drive back. It feels great to wake up, get my work done, run errands, go to the gym, train clients, hang out with my friends etc and not feel fatigued and or slightly depressed.
A light therapy box can help to:
• Ease symptoms of mild depression
• Ease symptoms of SAD
• Restore a normal sleep/wake cycle
• Improve alertness
• Increase energy levels
Heres another secret. I usually workout at night. Anywhere from 6-8pm. Ive gotten in the habit of doing a second light session about an hour or so before I train. This second session is shortened and usually only lasts 10-15 mins. I honestly feel as if it has helped my workouts during these tough months. I am much more engaged in my workouts, it doesnt take a few sets to wake me up and get me going. I find myself walking in the gym already revved up.
Suffer from SAD ? Then get a light box.
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