Don't be SAD this winter

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Don’t be SAD this winter

dont be SAD this winterSAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), sometimes known as the ‘winter blues’, is a mood disorder characterised by mild to moderate depression that follows a seasonal pattern usually starting in autumn, running right through winter and eventually subsiding in spring. Shorter days and less sunshine can lead to lowered mood, less energy and the need to spend more time indoors resting.

Symptoms of SAD

While most of us can adapt to these seasonal changes, others find it difficult. SAD is generally diagnosed if you have had the same symptoms for two or more years during the winter months including:

  • Loss of energy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness
  • Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Oversleeping
  • Craving foods high in carbohydrates
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain
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Comments | Posted in stress and anxiety general health By MHW Team

Feeling wired and tired all the time?

Most of us lead busy stressful lives and trying to cram everything into one day can leave you feeling ‘wired and tired’. wired and tiredEveryone reacts differently to stress, and it’s how your body deals with stress that dictates your level of health. When you feel stressed-out all the time, it can make you feel anxious and unhappy, interfere with your sleep and leave you at risk for many chronic health conditions.

 Dealing with chronic stress

Chronic stress appears to be the new ‘norm’, reaching epidemic proportions. When you’re chronically stressed, relentless cortisol (your main stress hormone) production continues to drive overactivity of your nervous system and creates imbalances between neurotransmitters (brain chemical messengers) that help keep you relaxed and calm.

The ill-effects of chronically elevated cortisol can be felt throughout your whole body until finally, your adrenal glands become exhausted, leaving you tired and unable to mount any stress response at all. Problems associated with chronic stress include low mood and anxiety, poor focus, memory and concentration, and sleep disorders, including insomnia.

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The Natural Cure to Stress and Anxiety

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The 18th century theologian Charles H. Spurgeon once said “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” If anxiety is something you struggle with and your days are consistently emptied of strength it is worth exploring how you can combat this emotion. Anxiety can be a serious issue and if left untreated it can manifest itself as dysfunction and distress. In this article we will explore ways in which you can beat anxiety and regain tranquillity in your life!

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