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Do you feel SAD? 3 strategies to treat seasonal affective disorder

If you play music the kinematic effect is also involved if for example, you choose the percussion instruments played with hands. Idiophone instruments work just perfect for that purpose. These include hang drum, opsilon handpan and tongue drums like RAV Vast.

Spring is considered to be the time of joy and happiness. Then how can you feel sad?! It’s because you may suffer from SAD – seasonal affective disorder. You can experience depression, anxiety and lack of motivation and these are the warning signs. Wow-wow, hold on, there’s no need to panic! Thankfully SAD is treatable. Check out 3 strategies to relieve the symptoms of SAD you can start implementing right now (tested and approved by https://ravvast.com/ ).

 Why feeling SAD in the spring?

“I am looking at the window. Everything is flourishing and the sky is so clear. But I feel nothing but frustration, anger and even confusion for having these feelings for no reason!”. Does it sound somehow familiar to you?

SAD is a depressive illness that occurs at the same time each year and is usually triggered by the lack of sunlight that we experience in fall and winter. Spring is usually considered to be a happy, hopeful season. However, April showers can not only bring May flowers but also some serious depressive conditions. If you feel it, you are not alone. 1 out of 10 SAD suffers feel the symptoms during spring that may continue till early summer, these include irritability, brain fog, insomnia, restlessness, poor appetite or uncontrolled food craving. One suggestion says that this form of depression may be a reaction to higher heat and humidity, and also to seasonal allergies. In any case, our body experiences the changes in the rhythms and this can provide a depressive effect on our mind as well.

The SAD’s first rule – don’t ignore the symptoms. You may need to schedule a visit to therapist (and in severe cases, get a prescription for antidepressants). But there are some things you can do to relieve the symptoms by yourself. Here are 3 strategies to follow.

Strategy 1 – Plan out the day

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. This proverb is not just an old granny’s homily. The amount of daylight we get affects the level of hormones that manage our mood. Getting earlier to bed, having a good rest and being able to start your day earlier and being more productive – isn’t it what we all have troubles with? Following the schedule makes your body rhythms synchronise and work properly. Take a paper and write down the schedule you’d like to follow. Don’t try to switch to the new timeline in a day – involve some changes day by day, forgiving yourself for failures and rewarding for success. Put the notes about your duties (work, cooking, cleaning) and don’t forget to save time for entertainment. Set up the alarm for both waking up and going to bed. Track your sleep and put the notes about your achievements – “yesterday I got to bed 2 hours earlier and today I have woken up before the alarm feeling fresh like a May flower”.

Strategy 2 Relay energy flows

We sometimes feel down when we have extra energy that we do not use. It’s a paradox but to get more energized you should…burn off some energy! Even a short but intensive home workout can improve your mood dramatically. There’s nothing extraordinary you need to do, just do a set of burpees or 10 push-ups, repeat it 2-3 times during the day. When muscles work, your body releases endorphins that reduce the feeling of pain and make us feel happy. This phenomenon is also called a “runner’s high”. You could have experienced it too after a good old workout that will also help you to feel relaxed. The best relaxation comes after the strongest tension. A warm bath with Epsom salt, candles and soft music will be just great. Try it and feel your mood improving.

Strategy 3 Fill in with positive vibes

Relieving depression symptoms requires both getting rid of negative feelings and involving some positivity-generating experience. Listening to music is widely used as a part of therapy. If you play music the kinematic effect is also involved if for example, you choose the percussion instruments played with hands. Idiophone instruments work just perfect for that purpose. These include hang drum, opsilon handpan and tongue drums like RAV Vast. The last one has a great perk is it requires no music background – you can start playing nice and relaxing music right away. Take a seat, place the RAV Vast on the knees and start tapping the tongues randomly. Try different notes, feel which one makes a greater effect on you. There’s no need to create an actual melody (although the instrument is used for composing music by professional musicians), just enjoy the soothing and calming sound of the RAV Vast. Dedicate this time to yourself. Even if you have family, you still need some privacy and solitude. Your beloved ones will be happy to see you staying positive again shining bright like the spring raindrops on the flower petals.