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  • Writer's pictureAutumn Jensen L.Ac.

Does Seasonal Depression Affect You?

The days are getting shorter, it’s difficult to motivate, and your energy level is plummeting. Can you relate?

It’s natural to have a desire to withdraw and hibernate in the winter. Winter is a time to rest, nourish yourself, and catch up on sleep. In Chinese medicine, we see winter as yin time. A time to slow down and take care of yourself a little more. It’s important to be mindful and allow yourself more downtime if you need it.

For some, that desire to rest and hibernate tips over into seasonal depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a type of depression that correlates with the seasons. Symptoms typically begin during late summer or fall as the anticipation of winter starts setting in.

Typical symptoms of SAD include:

  • Depression

  • Fatigue or lethargy

  • Change in sleeping habits

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Negative thoughts

  • Decreased social interaction

  • Change in appetite

Can you do anything to help? Yes!

  • Movement is good for depression. It’s like a natural antidepressant. Although it can be difficult motivating, once you get moving, you will feel better. It doesn’t have to be a strenuous workout, even just a walk around the block can do you good! Bonus points if you take your walk during daylight hours.

  • Be sure to eat nutrient-dense warm foods. Winter is not the time for salads and smoothies. Fill up on warming oatmeal and delicious soups instead.

  • Open up the blinds on your windows during the day! Allow as much natural light into your home and work space as possible. Get out in the sun as often as possible.

  • Get acupuncture! Acupuncture helps ease depression and helps regulate the nervous system so that you can more easily handle the stressors of life.

If you typically suffer from SAD, try to get in for acupuncture before it sets in so we can break the cycle. If it has already set in, don’t worry, it’s not too late. Book an appointment right away so you don’t have to suffer alone.


Do you have health concerns & wonder if acupuncture is right for you?

Key Element Acupuncture is here to help you with pain, digestion, stress, anxiety, fertility, and so much more! Call or email with questions or book an appointment online!


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