Winter Blues -- sounds like cool name for a blues tune, but the fact of the matter is; there isn't anything cool about having the winter blues. I know people who get the blues this time of year, and it certainly isn't any fun to deal with. And if you're 50+ and alone, some of you will know this is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and is a form of depression. SAD was formally described and named in 1984 by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health. Rosenthal’s research with SAD led him to write “Winter Blues” and two other books on the topic.
*When the dark days of winter approach, do you feel sluggish and slow? Is it a struggle to get out of bed each morning?
*Do you have difficulty focusing at work or in relationships, feel down in the dumps, or, worse still, get really depressed?
*Does it get harder than ever to stick to a healthy diet and control your weight?
You may be suffering from a number of symptoms including:
- sleeping more than usual
- over eating
- not wanting to socialize as much
- diminished sex drive
- suicidal thoughts
- and much more...
One way to help battle this is by making different food choices. Cut down on foods with a lot of starch like potatoes, white bread and rice. Increase foods that have protein like nuts, peanut butter, fish, fruit and cheese. It's important to increase your Vitamin D too. I buy orange juice that has Vitamin D added. A glass with 250 ml in it contains. 50% of my required daily intake. Getting out in the limited sunshine will help too, along with some exercise.
Have a look at Dr. Rosenthal's video below as he talks about this issue.
Dr. Rosenthal's book titled Winter Blues, Fourth Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder can be ordered from Amazon by clicking here. In the book you will learn about a number of things you can do to help you combat the disorder. As this is the fourth edition, he says it is, "a tried-and-true survival kit for weathering the winter blues."
The book is 353 pages and the fourth edition was just published September 4, 2012.
Dr. Rosenthal is the Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, a therapist in private practice, and the author of five books, including Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation. Dr. Rosenthal conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health for over 20 years.
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