Seasonal Affective Disorder is the depression that some people experience due to the drop off in sunlight during the Autumn and Winter seasons. Symptoms include: social withdrawal (which may have been heightened by the Covid lockdown), low energy, hypersomnia, sadness, anxiety, loss of libido, mood swings and problems concentrating.
The decrease in sunlight hours can disrupt:
- The body's circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle)
- by an increase in melatonin levels (the hormone that manages your circadian rhythm by making you sleepy when it gets dark. Light decreases melatonin levels, keeping you awake).
- A drop in serotonin levels (the brain chemical messengers that regulate mood, sleeping, eating and digestion).
At The Spring, our ethos is to encourage you to feel uplifted through self care rituals. So we curated 4 products for the Uplift box, the theme for our November/December 2020 Bi-monthly Ethical Self Care Box.
Read on to discover how you can use these 4 products to help regulate your mood and sleep cycle, during the Autumn/Winter period.
Sleep by We+People
With only 3 ingredients, these vegan supplements help you to experience a better night's sleep. The adaptogenic herbs Ashwagandha and Bacopa, reduce mental & physical stress. And Valerian Root, packed with antioxidants helps by easing anxiety. Take 2 capsules 30 minutes before bed.
£17 available at thespringlondon.com
Mood Architect by SuperFoodLx
These vegan supplements are formulated with Vitamin D3 for regulating mood and increasing energy. Plant-based 5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin, the feel-good chemical messenger that helps regulate emotions, appetite & sleep cycle. Take 1 or 2 capsules daily.
£27 available at thespringlondon.com
The Five Minute Journal by Intelligent Change
Its scientifically proven that the elevated states of gratitude or appreciation lowers the stress hormone cortisol and its effects.
Being in a constant state of stress (or the fight or flight mode), uses massive amounts of the body's resources to prepare you for some real or imagined threat. And this disrupts the body's normal processes. Chronic stress increases the risk of depression, anxiety, sleep issues, impaired memory & concentration.
You can't always change your outer environment, in this case the lack of sunlight. But you can change your beliefs and perception, which has EVERYTHING to do with the way you approach life. The realities you create from the choices you make. Regularly writing out what you're grateful for, is a really powerful way to focus your mind and instantly improve your mood! And you don't even have to wait for something to be grateful for, you can choose to be grateful now and anticipate exciting things for your day, or life. Just like the stress response, your brain doesn't know the difference between a real or imagined threat, so whether you're grateful for something real or imagining something that you'd like to happen, it doesn't matter. It's a state of mind, and this elevated state of mind has many mental & physical health benefits.
Leave this journal on your bedside table, and write in it first thing in the morning, to set you up for your day and train your mind. Then revisit it before bed to reflect on your day.
Idan Oil by LIHA Beauty
Emotion, behaviour, mood and memory are all intimately linked with smell! This is because they're all controlled by the limbic system in the brain. Theresa Molnar from the Sense of Smell Institute of the Fragrance Foundations says that scents can positively affect mood, reduce stress, enhance sleep, physical performance and cognition. All things that can be affected by SAD.
This hero product by LIHA Beauty is prized for its divine, natural tuberose flower scent, and aphrodisiac qualities. Try intentionally associating this oil with a specific ritual, such as winding down for bed after a relaxing bath, or putting it on before date night. You can pair different uplifting scents with other activities and rituals, for different purposes such as boosting memory or concentration. Its said that switching up your scents or rotating them is a good idea, so that you don't get used to them and stop noticing the scent.
£16 available at thespringlondon.com
Total RRP is £80
In addition to these products, we would also recommend getting as much natural sunlight as possible. Try and get outside for a bit everyday or sit by a window. Make your home and work spaces as light and airy as possible.
Click here to purchase the Uplift box at £59.99 and enhance your mind, body & spiritual wellbeing.