The overwhelmed mum didn’t want to end it all, nor did she know where to begin.
She had a feeling of nothing, a numb, a malaise.
She didn’t know about the LUX.
During the winter months, serotonin and melatonin can dip, whilst the hypothalamus sulks.
According to the NHS Website, symptoms of SAD can include:
•a persistent low mood
•a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
•feelings of despair
•guilt and worthlessness
•feeling lethargic (lacking in energy)
•sleepy during the day
•craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
The amount of light levels (LUX) we receive throughout the day, even on a cloudy one is massively higher than staying indoors.
SAD mum was also advised to take a daily dose of Vitamin D3 to help shine a light on her darkness. Popping a pill though wasn’t enough, to activate its benefits, she had to step out the door and bathe in daylight, come clouds, showers or sunshine.
For a more scientific explanation of SAD, read here
Thanks for reading
Jane “Investigates” Tyson
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