October 18, 2021

Dr. Poonam Krishna: Don’t let the mood swings get you down.

The winds have changed and it’s been clear for the last few weeks.

I thought maybe I just spent a moment trying to clean my closet because I wanted to solve the feeling of anxiety.

However this week, as I talked to some friends, my neighbors and even some of my patients, I realized that it’s not just me, it’s climate change that is taking us through an intuitive change. ۔

Last fall, after months of lockdown, I remember we all appreciated the colors and changes of autumn in ways I had never seen or heard of before.

With brighter colors than ever before, brilliant sunsets and the sounds of birds, we all had a chance to slow down and take it all in.

This year, however, much has changed. The pace of our lives has increased as we return to the swing of things, even though we are all plagued by ongoing epidemics.

As we begin to prepare for the next season, we are expected to experience some changes in harmony with nature.

The days are getting shorter and it is getting darker than before.

For many, the autumn and winter months bring a sense of peace. I like spring and summer but this time of year is my favorite.

From colors to casual jumps of hot meals and evening fires, tops of all the festivities – a lot of people love it! But, it can affect us in some very helpful ways and that is why we need to pay attention.

As we begin to enter the cold, dark months, many people’s moods sink. It is very natural and often unconscious.

You want to make yourself more tired, lack energy, slow down during the day, crave more dirty food and even change the way you sleep.

This is because as the days get darker, we produce more of our sleep hormones, melatonin, and less of our happy hormones, such as serotonin. Now it is important to know so that you can do something about it.

Don’t let your mood get in the way. Take it now as your warning shot.

How can you prevent your happy hormones from falling? Get out during the day and go for a walk or exercise.

Ideally, if possible, go to a park or green space so that we can absorb all the wealth we get from being in nature.

Exercise naturally releases endorphins that no pill can replace so effectively, so if you haven’t already done so, start some physical activity to pre-empt this coming depression.

Also remember, there is no need to tighten physical activity, work according to your personal ability – my mantra is always for my patients “Sit less, move more!”

The benefits of staying out during the day are that you get natural vitamin D.

From September to March, we recommend that everyone take a daily vitamin D supplement, so if you haven’t already, go to your local supermarket or pharmacy and get something for yourself.

Vitamin D is essential for many functions in the body. Health It should keep you on top because of your muscles, bones, teeth and your immune system.

Sleep is also something that needs to be monitored as our patterns change as winter approaches. Start recognizing your rhythm and make it a habit to sleep.

To get a good night’s sleep, from the time you spend on screens and devices to room temperature, the meal Times and room lighting, they all make a difference.

So get in the habit of sounding the alarm and getting up at the same time.

I always advise my patients to turn off their TVs and laptops as well as their phones at least one hour before planning to go to bed while struggling with sleep. It is important to do something comfortable before going to bed.

Many people find this time of year exciting and difficult.

If this is you, talk to your doctor. Some of my patients with Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) take antidepressants to treat them during the winter months and stop in the spring.

The important thing is not to suffer alone and seek help when needed.

Every year, usually around November / December, I see patients with seasonal mood disorders and I always wish I could warn them several months in advance so that some major changes do not happen.

Much of this can be prevented if it is linked to climate change because we forget how close we are to nature.

After all, this winter is still not going to be normal. We are still suffering from an epidemic and will want to meet our loved ones at home because it gets cold.

I would strongly advise against it as there are many other viruses and coyotes circulating and we have learned that indoor mixing encourages spread.

“We have also learned how important it is to stay connected to our loved ones for our mental and emotional well-being and to be as careful as possible,” she said.

Here are pumpkin spicy lettuce and hot chocolate!

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