Don't Feel SAD :(
Whatever we're doing wherever we are, a rainbow is a transfixing phenomenon. If only for a second we marvel at the arching 'highway' of colour stretching across the sky conjured up as if by magic. The sun's rays refract through the raindrops revealing the full spectrum of colour bathing us from the heavens;and we are the 'pot of gold' at the rainbow's end. We all have a unique relationship with colour that we can harness to rebalance ourselves if we know how!
Light energy enters our bodies through our eyes and our skin causing biochemical reactions in our bodies stimulating glands such as the pituitary whch is the master gland of the endocrine system.This gland regulates hormones that control bodily functions such as sleeping, libido, metabolic rate, appetite, moods, emotions and behaviour. Light entering the eyes reaches the pineal gland which is situated in the brain. It acts like a' light meter'. When winter arrives we see a decrease in daylight and the pineal gland will respond by increasing the hormone melatonin. It is sedative and thus aids resting and sleeping. While the neurotransmitter serotonin,which makes us alert and active is decreased. The decrease in sunlight during the winter months has a desynchronising effect on some individuals' body clocks and internal rhythms causing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Colour Therapy can correct imbalances. Colours acts like an emotional food and their different wave lengths also affect our physiology as in blue light being used to treat jaudice babies and insomnia. Colour is a feast for our eyes and our senses and can be applied in a number of ways. Here are 11 simple tips and strategies:
- Have daylight bulbs in every room they mimic natural light. They are available from craft shops
- Eat foods that are predominately red,yellow and orangein colour. Such as pumpkins,plums,sweet potatoes,pulses,red apples,beetroot,dried apricots. They contain nutrients that lift depression and are classed as Yang foods, which give us more energy. For example for breakfast have a fruit salad or carrot and orange juice,porridge with raisins, and for lunch salmon and a bean salad. Eat low fat proteins such as chicken and lean meat. Proteins help to make us feel fuller and are also needed for the manufacture of neurotransmitters that have a role to play in our moods. Also opt for wholegrain and less processed foods. This will help us have more energy and to feel fuller for longer, helping us not to snack. As weight gain is highly likely during the SAD period.
- Going for walks to absorb more daylight and sitting by windows especially at work will make you feel much better.
- Wear brightly coloured clothes in shades of red,orange and yellow. They will lift our mood and make us more socialable! Even a red t-shirt under your shirt or red socks on your feet if you have bad circulation would all help.
- Wake up to upbeat music or purchase a daylight alarm clock which wakes you up gently with a light like daylight!
- Evaporate aromatherapy oils in your home to lift your mood such as Lemon Eucalyptus whilst fighting off those winter germs! ( it smells like cream soda and lemon sherbet! One of my favourite essential oils ) or Bergamot and Orange essential oil.
- Go for an aromatherapy massage! Essential oils have colour signatures as well as being medicinal in lifting depression and banishing aches and pains.
- Practice creative visualisation techniques to transport your mind and improve your mood
- Wear a fragrance you wore in the summer to improve your mood
- Purchase a pair of Orange Colour Therapy glasses to wear at points during the day to draw in orange energy into your body if you feel depressed or have low energy.
- Use a light box for 30 mins or more each day sitting two to three feet away not looking directly into the light. I put on a pair of colour therapy glasses in my favourite colour or a yang colour to enhance the effect and to protect my eyes.
I hope you will try them or find what best works for you.