Alternative Methods to Fighting the Winter Blues


by Your Alaska Link News Team
by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - As the days get shorter and darker many people may notice a change in their mood and energy levels. Officials say those individuals could be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Reports say it occurs more often in women as many as one in five Americans have SAD.

Christina Jess of Avante Medical Center says "everyone is a unique individual so were looking at a whole picture of what systems need to be supported especially during a time when it is really dark and we don't get as much external stimuli in activity."

Usually known for helping with chronic and acute pain; a local medical center says that acupuncture could also be a way to combat the days of dark.

During the winter months our bodies produce less serotonin, a neurotransmitter that supports mood.
In addition to acupuncture Jess recommends being pro-active when it comes to staying in an upbeat mood.

She says "Allowing the body to rest when its tired because when we look at the season there is a reason that you go inward and start to be in a more restful place"

A restful place that she say's doesn't have to be gloomy and blue.

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