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Seasonal Depression

Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of serotonin, which is associated with boosting mood and helping us to feel calm and focused. At night, darker lighting triggers the brain to make melatonin which is responsible for helping you sleep.

Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. This is associated with a higher risk of major depression with seasonal patterns (formerly seasonal affective disorder or SAD).  What are the health benefits of increasing light in our day?

So, how do we increase more natural light in our lives? Especially during the dark and long winter months? Here are a few ideas:

Take the time to make any necessary changes in your life to increase the amount of light you get each day. You are worth it and your mental health is also worth it!

Traci Naylor, MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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