6 Natural Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder
Let’s paint the scene here: When mundane clouds of heather gray permeate the remaining sunshine of summer skies, fatigued and sad vibes ripple throughout the fall air. Soon enough, your mood correlates with the hazy overcast with feelings of depression, sadness and overall melancholy. If you’re one of the many people who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you can relate to this burdensome pattern that happens at the same time every year, and can agree that it’s kind of a buzzkill.
Luckily, Mother Nature blessed our fellow SAD victims with an array of delicious herbs to nurture them through this gloomy season. Here is a list of herbs that are aimed to target some of the behavioral symptoms associated with SAD.
Down in the dumps? Say hello to saffron. You might have used this spice in a Spanish paella dish at home, but it’s actually great for a nice little mood booster. Believe it or not, studies have actually shown that it can act similar to medications used for Major Depressive Disorder.
If your spirits are down, it’s time to lift them up with sage. Aside from the lovely smell of this kitchen herb, studies have shown that it can improve mood, cognitive performance and memory. Depending on how much sage you consume, it can also help to reduce anxiety, increase alertness and increase calmness. This is perfect for those who deal with a plethora of symptoms rather than just one.
3. Matcha Green Tea
Shake off that afternoon slump with some good ol’ fashioned matcha green tea. If coffee gives you unwanted jitters, sip on this herb for an energy boost without the crash. While you’re enjoying this gloriously green drink, you’re also treating your body to some fabulous health benefits. Cheers!
4. Ginger Root
You’ll slowly accept that everything will be okay after sipping on ginger root. Holistic medical practitioners stand by their belief that this earthy gift is a perfect tool for depression and anxiety, so why not give it a shot? Ignore the eerie morning skies and make yourself a hot cup of ginger tea to get the positive vibes flowin’.
If you wake up believing that the world is over, I’m here to tell you that it’s not. Don’t believe me? Have some turmeric and let’s talk. This yellowish, orange-y spice can be easily added into your diet, either through concentrated capsules and supplements or as an exotic touch to your meals (it’s most popularly used in Indian dishes). This pretty but powerful remedy can help with anything from inflammatory problems to Alzheimer’s Disease, and even major depression. Happiness is just a sprinkle away, my friend.
6. Chamomille Tea
If your anxiety has drawn out to the end of the day and you can’t seem to count your sheep, turn to chamomille tea for some sweet moonlight magic. Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea before going to bed can have a sedative affect on those who have anxiety disorders, and it can also help to soothe an upset stomach and sore throat. Try drinking a cup of this with a dollop of honey and enjoy!
What are your SAD cures? Let us know in the comments below!
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