Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

November 15, 2016

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is related to seasonal changes. This condition is also known as: winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, or seasonal depression. To be correctly diagnosed, the affected person should be known to have normal mental health throughout the rest of the year, with periods of depression occurring at the same time each year, usually winter. It is caused by the variation of light exposure in different seasons, most commonly, lack of light in winter. The lack of sunlight decreases the chemical serotonin (which regulates mood), and increases the production of the chemical melatonin (increases sleep and drowsiness). Cases of SAD are rare in Australia and are more likely to occur in places further from the equator where the days are shorter.

Symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Oversleeping
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Body aches
  • Overeating
  • Weight gain
  • Sadness
  • Moodiness
  • Anger
  • Emptiness
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Cravings for carbohydrates
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Restlessness and irritability

  This condition is readily treated by Light Therapy

March 17, 2016

Most gemstones have stress relieving qualities whether they balance the emotions, bring problems to the surface, relieve negative energies, lighten the mood of the wearer, or calms the mind.  

The most effective gemstones to use for relieving stress as a whole are:

 

  • Amethyst: Calms harsh emotions and brings stability
  • Clear quartz: Releases blocked emotions and aids with clarity of thought. This stone is very calming
  • Labradorite: Calms an over active mind
  • Fluorite: Neutralizes negative energies and stress
  • Moonstone: Soothes emotional instability and stabilizes the emotions
  • Aquamarine: An extremely calming stone, aquamarine reduces stress and quietens the mind
  • Malachite: Absorbs negative energies and balances mood swings
  • Rose quartz: Alleviates emotional stress, particularly to do with love and relationships
  • Smoky quartz: A powerful detoxifier, smoky quartz neutralizes negative energies while bringing calmness and lifting stress, anxiety, and depression

Other crystals that have more specific healing properties relating to stress include:

 

  • Tourmaline: A str

March 15, 2016

 

Definition: Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

 

Stress occurs when the brain releases chemicals which cause an increase in energy and strength. This can be helpful in physical situations but when the stress is emotional, this release of chemicals is detrimental because there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength. These chemicals are: adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone), cortisole, and norepinephrine (similar to adrenaline, with the main intent to cause awareness).

  Stress can be a good motivator, but it can become harmful if it becomes excessive and begins to interfere with normal, everyday life.      

There are three main types of stress. These are: acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress.

  Acute stress: This stress is usually a brief event and is often due to an impending deadline, performance, or a traumatic event.  

Episodic acute stress: This occurs when people have to deal with acute stress repeatedly. This often occurs when a traumatic event happens and is followed by more stress inducing events. These people have the tendency to believe that, if something can go wrong, it w