Tan your blues away

fake bakeYears ago when the health gurus first tried to convince people to stop shake and baking themselves on the beaches and spray tan instead, they found out that it wasn’t just the golden bronze colour some people needed. It was the sunlight. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately two percent of adults. And let’s face it we all suffer from the lack of light during the dark days of winter. Even in the South where the climate is more temperate, the days are already shorter and many of them darker and gloomier.

Fake Bake already had the safe gorgeous bronze glow down so they looked for a way to help make dreary days more bearable for sun worshippers. According to Fake Bake the answer is “adding an ingestible form of Vitamin D called “Colecalciferol” in to their products. Colecalciferol” is the naturally occurring form of Vitamin D that is produced in the skin by skin synthesis from sunlight.

Several medial sources cite Vitamin D and Colecalciferol as effective remedies for SAD, so if dark days have you feeling blah, try getting your glow to brighten your mood.

 

 

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Are you SAD?

 
If winter gives you the blues then you may be SAD, or suffer from seasonal affective disorder. It is a type of depression that occurs at certain times of the year. Those who live in the North are at greater risk of suffering a bout of winter depression. The symptoms are fatigue, sadness, withdrawal and a lack of interest in your normal activities. Experts say that if you suffer from SAD you may feel sluggish, hopeless and even gain weight.
 
Chicago Healers’ holistic health experts offer natural ways to beat the winter blues. If your symptoms persist or if you feel worse, call your doctor. www.chicagohealers.com 
 
Here are some tips from Chicago Healers practitioner Karen Erickson:
 
Wear colorful clothes and undergarments
Clothing that’s bright will instantly put you in a cheerful mood and even make others around you feel merry as they visually absorb your brightness.
 
Paint your home or office
Painting walls a certain color will instill a particular mood for that room: vibrant colors, such as yellows or oranges, will fill a room with excitement and warmth; dark colors, such as grays or browns, create a boring, monotonous feeling; and pastel colors, such as lavender and pinks, infuse calm feelings.
 
Accessorize
If changing the wall color is inconvenient, spice up a room up with fun-colored pillows, rugs, window treatments, art pieces, or plants.
 
Get new light bulbs
Bulbs with full-spectrum lighting mimic natural sunlight to emit all the colors of the rainbow and reduce depression.
 
Eat colourful food
Eat and smell foods, oils, and spices that are yellow, orange, green and red. Not only do these colors give feelings of joy, tranquility, and passion, but they have rewarding health benefits, too.
 
Wear color therapy glasses
Lenses with colored tints allow for light entering your body to be concentrated in one spectrum. Therefore, your mood will enhance, according to the color of your lenses.
Visualize color during meditation
Imagining yourself surrounded by a specific color will help instill the mood associated with that color.
 
Consider a color therapist
Color therapists can determine the most enlightening color for your mood by providing supervised color therapy treatments under special colored lights. For example, the Enlightened Healing Center in Orland Park, Illinois uses red and infrared light therapy to treat inflammation and stimulate new, healthy cell growth.
 
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Bansih the morning blues

Philips Wake-up lightIf you hit the snooze button on dark, chilly winter mornings and then drag yourself out of bed feeling cranky and sleepy, you are not alone. A recent survey by Philips found that nine out of 10 people hit the snooze button.
 
The Philips Wake-Up Light is an alarm clock that simulates a natural sunrise. Research has shown a slow dawn effect is clinically-proven to have an impact on the quality of awakening and subsequent energy levels at the start of your day. It even improves mood. Studies have shown that “dawn simulation” can help alleviate seasonal affective disorder, stabilize circadian rhythms, and help people feel happier and more energetic all day long.
 
I wake up happily all summer long as the bright cheering light floods my bedroom. Then I huddle against the winter’s dark and chill no matter now long I sleep. I just can seem to pop happily awake in pitch dark at the sound of a jarring buzz.
 
The Philips Wake-Up Light warms the room with a soothing glow 30 minutes before wake time, coaxing your body to awaken naturally. Once the “dawn has broken” you can choose from a variety of nature sounds or FM radio to add to your soothing morning ritual.
 
The Wake-Up Light Premium has a feature to simulate dusk to help you fall asleep. You can also get an iPod docking station to play your own music in the morning.
 
The Philips Wake-Up Light is the kinder gentler way to wake up. That makes it a perfect gift for any of your favourite night owls who are forces to be larks. And it is also a delicious idea for your wish list, if — like me darlings — you are just a little fragile in the morning.
 
For studies on sleep and dawn stimulation:
 
 
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