Boost Your Body’s Depression Fighters
Whether you have a case of the blues or you’ve been diagnosed with depression, your body may hold the keys to fighting a depressed mood. Neurotransmitters, including endorphins and serotonin, are the brain’s messengers that regulate mood, concentration, motivation, and other emotions. And by understanding how these chemicals work, you can use your body to help fight depression.
Endorphins. Know that euphoric feeling after an intense workout? Or the contentment you feel after sex? You can thank endorphins for those happy feelings.
Serotonin. The neurotransmitter serotonin works to regulate sleep, reduce pain, and improve your mood. When you’re low on serotonin, you may be at a higher risk for depression. Low sunlight levels also known as light deprivation in the fall and winter can cause serotonin levels to plummet. This can cause seasonal depression.
Winter days are approaching bringing shorter and darker days. We all know exercise helps improve your energy level year round, however, a SunBox can “trick” your brain into thinking its sunny and bright outside every day of the year! The SunBox light box can help fight winter blues and treat Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD by increasing the serotonin levels in the brain, which boost your mood. Just 15-30 minutes of light therapy each morning can have you feeling better within days.