Brighter Days: Seasonal Wellness

Season 1 | Episode 49
14m | Feb 1, 2024

In "Brighter Days: Seasonal Wellness," We delve into seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and discover proactive approaches to bolster mental health during the darker months. Join naturopathic physician Dr. Colleen Hartwick as she shares her expertise on understanding and managing SAD, with valuable insights and practical tips to help you thrive even when sunlight is scarce. She also helps us differentiate being “out of sorts” compared to SAD.

As the days grow shorter and the weather turns gloomier, many individuals find themselves grappling with feelings of lethargy, sadness, and disinterest. Dr. Hartwick sheds light on the distinction between the occasional "winter Blues" and the more severe manifestation of SAD, discussing the underlying physiological mechanisms at play. She explains the relationship of serotonin to cortisol and how it can negatively affect circadian rhythm, the Sleep/Wake cycle.

Drawing from her years of experience in private practice and academia, Dr. Hartwick provides a comprehensive overview of the contributing factors to SAD, including the impact of sunlight, neurotransmitter imbalances, and vitamin D3 deficiency. She explores the role of light therapy, supplements, and lifestyle modifications for alleviating symptoms and promoting mental wellness.

Listeners gain valuable insights into the benefits of natural sunlight exposure, the mechanics of light therapy, and the efficacy of supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D3 for supporting serotonin production and combating inflammation. Dr. Hartwick also addresses the importance of seeking professional guidance to differentiate between transient mood fluctuations and more serious mental health concerns, empowering listeners to take proactive steps towards holistic well-being. She offers ways to differentiate between the winter blues and deep rooted psychological problems. Maximizing exposure the great outdoors and exercise are also stressed. Full spectrum light therapy are also suggested , they call it the “Happy Light”. Tryptophan and biologically active B-Complex vitamins are also suggested. They also explore functional fats such as EPA from fish oil for mood.

Whether you're seeking strategies to enhance your mood during the winter months or grappling with persistent feelings of sadness and fatigue, "Brighter Days: Seasonal Wellness" equips you with the knowledge and tools to navigate the challenges of SAD and embrace a brighter, more resilient mindset year-round. Join Dr. Colleen Hartwick on a journey towards seasonal wellness and discover the transformative power of holistic self-care.

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