Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): More Than ‘Winter Blues’

Research indicates that daylight saving time can increase the symptoms of seasonal depression for some people.” This discovery is unfortunate since daylight saving time occurs throughout the majority of the U.S. and Canada.

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a “type of depression related to changes in seasons.” Typically symptoms begin in autumn and continue through winter. Even when people are aware of SAD, too many people chalk up their symptoms to “winter blues” and refrain from actively addressing those symptoms, which only increases the length and severity.

Signs & Symptoms of SAD

The Mayo Clinic lists signs and symptoms of SAD as follows:

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Having low energy
  • Having problems with sleeping
  • Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
  • Feeling sluggish or agitated
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
  • Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide

The Cleveland Clinic reports, “approximately half a million people in the United States suffer from winter SAD… three-quarters of the sufferers are women,

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Your Mental Health’s Plea: Drop the Capes of Shame

Glennon Doyle, previously known as Glennon Doyle Melton, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of the well-known Momastery.com. She is a recovering bulimic, alcoholic, and drug user. She discusses shame, life, and the bruises and epiphanies that lead us toward realizations and decisions. While I was listening to a presentation of hers from 2013, the opening statement left an impression on my heart:

“When I was eight-years-old, I started to feel exposed, and I started to feel very awkward.

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Mental Health, Domestic Violence, & COVID: A Tumultuous Trio

“Women who have experienced domestic violence or abuse are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide.” This reality is why the exit door of a domestic abuse situation isn’t the end of the healing process; it’s the start. 

Domestic abuse survivors include both men and women, and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is another phrase used to refer to harm– physical, sexual, or psychological–

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The Men Who Hide the Pink Ribbon

Odds are, you thought of breast cancer when you read pink ribbon in the title. That’s powerful. Two words that individually conjure visions of crayons and hair ties immediately change their meaning and people’s internal imagery and dialogue when combined. When those two words, pink and ribbon, sit together, images of fundraiser efforts, brave faces, fearless supporters, pink this, and pink that race to our mind’s forefront. And if we’re honest, most think female. Some even refer to breast cancer as “women’s disease.”

Thinking of breast cancer as a women’s disease carries massive consequences.

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Micronutrients: The Caped Crusader Your Body Needs

Micronutrients “…are the ‘magic wands’ that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as the amounts are, however, the consequences of their absence are severe.” This excerpt from the James Haskell Health & Fitness portal sums up the importance of micronutrients. As the common phrase goes, good things come in small packages.

Unfortunately, “… almost 75 percent of people living in Western civilizations do not consume enough micronutrients each day to maintain their maximum health.” Spoiler alert: The rate is lower in the U.S.

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Hand Sanitizer May Not Be as Handy as You Think

COVID-19 is not the world’s first pandemic, and it won’t be the last.

Remember the old days when we used to eat birthday cake after someone carefully blew all over it, releasing spit shrapnel and hot air in an effort to extinguish birthday candles? How about when the world didn’t look like a sea of ninja impersonators, with floral patterns and color-coated masks, and everyone didn’t apply hand sanitizer as often as they breathe?

The landscape in which we live is not the same as it was one year ago.

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Iodine or Bust!

“Over 90% of the U.S. population is iodine deficient,” according to recent FDA publications. You may be thinking, “I can’t even pronounce iodine, so why do I care?” But the truth is you should care a great deal.

PSA: The body does not produce iodine, & that’s a problem

The body does not produce iodine, which means iodine must be part of your diet. This essential mineral helps make thyroid hormones, which are hormones that control the body’s metabolism and other vital functions.

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Brush the Teeth You Want to Keep ~ Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss uses humor to hit home an incredibly important point: Once baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth pop up, you don’t get another shot at growing more teeth.

The Importance of Your Pearly Whites

As DentalHealth.org points out, teeth help us:

  • Chew and digest food
  • Talk and speak clearly
  • Give our face its shape
  • Boost our confidence, which affects our social lives, careers, and relationships
  • Live longer
    • “Research has found that the number of teeth we have is strongly linked to how long we live.

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Children & Anxiety: The Unwanted & Heartbreaking Duo

Anxiety.

This seven-letter word is one of the most unsuspecting destroyers of confidence, self-esteem, and overall self out there. As the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, points out, there are several different types of anxiety disorders commonly found among children:

  • Separation anxiety: being afraid when away from parents
  • Phobias: having extreme fear about a specific thing or situation, such as dogs, insects, or going to the doctor
  • Social anxiety: Being very afraid of school or other places where there are people
  • General anxiety: Being worried about the future and about bad things happening
  • Panic disorder: Having retreated episodes of sudden,

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Superfoods: Worthy of their cape or unworthy of their hype?

The comic book opens with the masked crusader. Her cape flaps behind her, thanks to the wind she creates with her own forward momentum. She’s focused. Her mission is to protect not just life in general but the quality of one’s life too. No, she’s not someone who endured a fateful bite with a radioactive spider, like Spider-Man, nor is she a Kung Fu master, like Bruce Lee. 

She is a superfood.

What are superfoods?

Medical News Today defines superfoods as “foods that offer maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories.

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