The colorful leaves and cool temperatures that start to replace the endless sunny days are a welcomed transition for many. For others, the fall season inspires anxiety, nervousness, and depression. If the thought of changing from a tank top to a sweater has you unnerved, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
It happens the same time every year, so you know it is coming. Why not make a stand this year against seasonal depression with the help of CBD oil?
What is Seasonal Depression?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as “a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern.” This means that every year around the same time, you start to feel less enthusiastic about life. The most common season for SAD is autumn, which is why it is sometimes referred to as “autumn anxiety.”
It is more prevalent in areas that are farther from the equator, thus producing greater seasonal change than more tropical regions with consistent weather patterns. In rare cases, people can have summer depression.
Symptoms of Fall Seasonal Depression:
- Less energy
- Trouble concentrating
- Nervous feeling
- Increased appetite
- Greater desire to be alone
Causes of Autumn Anxiety
There are many reasons that could cause people to become more depressed in the colder months of the year. When the days become shorter we have a reduced amount of natural light to uptake. Light reduction is commonly thought to be the largest contributor to seasonal depression.
Many people already have a vitamin D deficiency. This can lead to low energy, weight gain and mood disorders. Vitamin D can also help boost immunity. Sunlight is the most common way to receive vitamin D into the body. Less sunlight means less vitamin D.
Sunlight is known to increase the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone known for its mood-boosting properties of happiness and well-being. Most artificial lights do not contain that natural balance of color ranges to produce adequate serotonin, so supplementing short days with a nightlight is not going to be adequate.
The hormone that makes us start to feel sleepy is melatonin. Production of melatonin starts to kick in during the early evening when the sun begins to set. When the sun starts to set at four in the afternoon, it is easy to see how this could affect mood and energy level.
The internal clock that regulates sleep-cycles is called the circadian rhythm. This rhythm is largely tied to patterns of natural light. When the light is reduced the body has to compensate to restore a proper sleep routine. Seasonal changes can result in a feeling of lethargy or fatigue that is largely due to interrupted sleep patterns.
Other Contributors to Seasonal Depression
Other contributors to seasonal depression may be new schedules for school or work. The onset of seasonal depression usually occurs for those between the ages of 18 and 30, which would be consistent with people in college or those with children in school.
Temperature changes may also have an effect on physical discomfort which could cause unhappiness and decreased mobility including stiffening joints. The introduction of harsh weather such as rain or snow can prevent mood-boosting outdoor activities such as hiking or fishing, which can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle during colder months.
Even the thought of shorter days, cold weather or schedule changes can be enough to cause some anxiety. The good news is that CBD has the potential to help naturally combat seasonal depression.
CBD for Seasonal Depression
Receptra full-spectrum CBD is hemp-derived from family-owned fields in Colorado. There are a number of ways that CBD can help combat issues related to seasonal depression regardless of its cause.
One of the biggest benefits of CBD is its ability to restore the body to a state of balance (homeostasis). This is largely possible because of the way receptors in the body’s natural endocannabinoid system are able to communicate back and forth. This balance is also what controls sleep cycles.
Discomfort and Inflammation
CBD has been patented as an antioxidant by the U.S. Government. Antioxidants are known for their ability to reduce inflammation-inducing free radicals. Some inflammation is good for the body to recover, but if left unchecked can cause a plethora of health issues. The seasonal aches and pains that can occur in colder weather, are often the result of inflammation.
Stress and Anxiety
Many CBD users have been drawn to cannabis for its mood-boosting effects. These are often attributed to the endocannabinoid “anandamide” which is referred to as the “bliss molecule” and is also found in chocolate. CBD can help increase the amount of anandamide in the body without creating a dependency.
Natural Solutions for Seasonal Depression
We can’t stop the world from turning and seasons from changing, but CBD and sunlight could help make the transition a little easier. Don’t let the season change get you down this year!
Studies show that 15 to 30 minutes of exposure to natural light can be enough to improve circulation, mood, and sleep. This is true even during overcast days. Make a commitment to go outside even if it is only for a short while. Taking Receptra CBD oil daily can help keep you focused and feeling better both physically and mentally.