Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

North Dakota winters sure take a toll on its citizens! The cold, dark, and dreary conditions oftentimes cause one’s mood to worsen. For many, these feelings progress past the “winter blues” and manifest into clinical depression.

This form of depression caused by the changing of seasons is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This disorder is actually very common, with more than 3 million US cases per year. Symptoms of SAD, according to the Mayo Clinic, include having low energy, difficulty concentrating, feeling depressed most of the day, and having trouble sleeping. While depression is best treated by a medical professional, we have a neat way to combat SAD right from your home.

One easy way to naturally get vitamin D in the winter is soaking in an outdoor hot tub during daylight hours. According to Dr. Alexander Michels of Oregon State University, the level of UV rays are notably less in winter, but one still may benefit from this natural source. An article by HelpGuide.org suggests, “Whenever possible, get outside during daylight hours and expose yourself to the sun without wearing sunglasses. Sunlight, even in the small doses that winter allows, can help boost serotonin levels and improve your mood.” If you struggle to get outside during the winter, a hot tub may be what you need. You’ll be able to get some sunlight without freezing your buns off in these crazy North Dakota temperatures!

*Keep in mind that we are not suggesting that a hot tub will cure seasonal affective disorder. We are only suggesting that research shows hot tub use during daylight hours may help alleviate symptoms. If you feel as though you or someone you know is suffering from this disorder, we still recommend seeking help from a medical professional.