0

Your Cart is Empty

January 15, 2019 3 min read 2 Comments

Winter got you down? Who doesn’t love that first dusting of snow to complete that white Christmas look but once December 25th has come and gone and then the credit card bills come in, it’s dumpsville for you. Cue sad music; it’s beginning to look a lot like the after Christmas blues.

It’s a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), time of year.

Get ready to turn that frown upside-down! Or, at least, get ready to enliven your life with the occasional smile. We know that depression isn’t something you can just fix by willing yourself to feel better, but this blog can help brighten your spirits, at least a little, but giving you some hope.

Breaking through the oppressive and repressive nature of SAD starts with a simple decision: to decide you’re going to try to do something about it. You’re going to attempt to manufacture your own happiness. And if it doesn’t work at first? You’re going to try, try again. Don’t quit on you! (We won’t either!)


Why so SAD?

SAD is a seasonal depression recognized as amental health disorder. It usually starts up in fall just before the snow flies as the days grow colder and usually lasts until the Spring thaw and the coming of the sun.Women over 30 tend to be more susceptible. Concerned this sounds a lot like someone you know; here are somesymptoms of SAD to watch out for:

  • Daily depression
  • Lack of interest in your usual likes
  • Low energy
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Weight and appetite changes
  • Sluggishness
  • Hard time concentrating
  • Feeling down on yourself or hopeless, or suicidal thoughts

From SAD to RAD

Self-Help

Take the reins on your depression andemploy these tactics.

  • Say no to Stress: Stress is a crippler, it’ll take you out at the knees so do your best to avoid any unnecessary stressors. If that means staying clear of your mother-in-law then so be it!
  • Lighter Days: On sunshiny days,soak up as much cold sunshineas you can.
  • Support: Join a support group and y’all can get RAD together!
  • Healthful: Eat well and exercise to help beat SAD - try yoga and benefit from it’s calming relaxation poses!
  • Vitamins: Pop some Vitamin D to help curb the blues.
  • Vacay: Take a trip elsewhere for some sunshine, happiness and gummy-bear clouds in the sky!
  • Lightbox Therapy: Bask in Fluorescent light; for SAD use a minimum of 2,500 lux.  

 

Treatments

If you’re finding it hard to manage your SAD - there’s no shame in that - get some help and support byheading to your doctor to discuss your options. Especially, if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts then please, go to the doctor. Some available options your Doc may consider are:

  • Talk to a Professional: Your Doc may think counselling or doing CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is a good idea.
  • Antidepressants: They will help you cope and manage your depression symptoms.
  • St. John’s Wort: For a natural pick-me-up, only if prescribed by your Doc, to help with moderate depression.
  • Light Therapy: Like a lightbox,phototherapy helps regulate your moods by activating certain chemicals like serotonin in your brain - the way the sun would.

Say No to SAD and Enjoy EVERY Season

Don’t let your depression get the better of you, employ all these tricks and find which combo works best for you! Cut SAD and it’s henchmen of depression out, because soon enough you’ll be complaining about sunburns as you soak up that summer sun!

What do you do to chase away the winter blues? Tell us about it in the comments!





2 Responses

Dori Williams
Dori Williams

January 16, 2019

I am a massage therapist, and work in a dark room all day, so the effects of SAD are real to me. To combat the blues, I enjoy fires in the fireplace or light candles. I have nice scents going through the house. I always have fresh flowers (to remind me I’m one day closer to Spring and SUMMER. I get massages and do whatever I can to try and brighten my spirits. 😁

sara
sara

January 15, 2019

working out is #1. going for a walk at night before bed is HUGE for me too. i also do light therapy which is temporarily effective. i also find that having things to look forward to helps me a lot, so i try to look forward to one thing each day (ex: “after dinner i will make my favorite peppermint coffee cocoa with stevia” – that is a short term look-forward-to and then i plan weekly things (a dinner out) and monthly (i will drive to suchandsuch city and go thrift shopping with my daughter) so that i have short and longer term things to keep moving myself FORWARD.

Leave a comment


Also in Insider News

Vegan Celebrities & Why They Made the Switch to Plant-Based Eating
Vegan Celebrities & Why They Made the Switch to Plant-Based Eating

March 27, 2020 3 min read

Which vegan celebrities have made the switch to plant-based eating? Spoiler: some of the sexiest, strongest bodies in Hollywood are on this list!
Read More
ABS on FIRE: The Best Home Workout for Abs
ABS on FIRE: The Best Home Workout for Abs

March 25, 2020 1 min read

Got 20 minutes? Then you’ve got the time to smash this home workout for abs. Join BodyRock Trainer Beth--FREE WORKOUT VIDEO included!
Read More
How to Naturally Strengthen Your Immune System
How to Naturally Strengthen Your Immune System

March 23, 2020 4 min read

Learn how to naturally strengthen your immune system with these simple, safe and powerful tips. Read the blog, and stay healthy!
Read More
Shipping & Delivery

Fast, Express Shipping.

'Due to COVID-19, online stores are experiencing some shipping delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we assure you that we are working hard with our shipping partner UPS to get you your order out to you as quickly as possible. Thanks for your support and understanding.'

We want you to start your fitness journey with us as quickly as possible, that’s why we send every package to the USA & Canada via expedited or standard shipping with our partners at UPS. Once your order is received and processed, it just takes 2-4 days to get to you once it leaves our warehouse. That’s our commitment and we stand by it.

We ship within Canada and the United States via UPS with Standard & Expedited shipping (whichever is faster)

For locations outside of the US and Canada, we ship using FedEx International (EUROPE and Other Nations), which is usually in transit for 7-10 business days, depending on location.

We ship all of our physical products with UPS, from our warehouse location in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Signatures are required on all orders. Delays caused due to custom withholds are not included in these estimated delivery times.

Returns & Exchanges

BodyRock Equipment

We offer a 30-day return policy, as long as: it is not more than 30 days past the date of delivery; and your item is in its original condition and packaging with the original order number. Refunds will be issued when the equipment is received back to the BodyRock warehouse, minus the original cost of shipping, and the customer is responsible for the costs of return shipping. To request a refund on physical product purchases, please contact us.

Digital Products

We cannot issue refunds on digital goods such as e-books or videos, as these are non-tangible goods that are irrevocable once the order is placed.

Clothing

All of the BodyRock clothing is made to order and so is final sale. If you have any questions about sizing prior to placing your order, please contact us.