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Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Winter is a depressing time, the weather is gloomy, the sun isn’t blazing and you haven’t been outside in a while, no wonder you are feeling depressed. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious and real medical problem. It affects millions of Americans this time of year and the symptoms can be confusing and easily misread, so pay attention and get happy people, spring is almost here.

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Winter is a depressing time, the weather is gloomy, the sun isn’t blazing and you haven’t been outside in a while, no wonder you are feeling depressed. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious and real medical problem. It affects millions of Americans this time of year and the symptoms can be confusing and easily misread, so pay attention and get happy people, spring is almost here.

SAD is a collection of feelings associated with winter weather and the absence of Vitamin D in your body. When it’s constantly dark outside during the winter, your body over produces melatonin, which is the body’s natural relaxer and sleep inducer. This over production happens when the body thinks its nighttime and wants to sleep. Making you feel tired and constantly wanting to curl up in bed can trick the brain into being depressed. Furthermore, sunlight gives your body vitamin D which helps regulate serotonin. Serotonin is the compound that is responsible for making you happy, get it, less serotonin equals less smiles.

Women are also much more likely to get SAD then men, because of their high levels of estrogen.

How do you know if you have SAD? Use history to see if your depression is seasonal or year round. Do you find yourself feeling down in the fall and happy again in the spring? Chances are you have SAD. Here are some warning signs that you may be getting Seasonal Affective Disorder.

 

Weight Gain

You crave starchy foods and sweets and can’t satisfy your urges. These types of foods indirectly boost serotonin production. These “happy” foods will pack on the pounds and indirectly make you happy for short terms. Eating these foods make you happy so you continue to do so and that’s how we add weight in the winter without noticing.   You may have thought it was holiday weight but instead you could have SAD.

 

Irritability

You find yourself getting angry at the drop of a pin and that isn’t the normal you. If you find yourself super irritable and angry during the winter, you may have SAD. If you notice these mood swings try and get some vitamin D in your system. Sunlight or vitamins, either way will help your disposition.

 

Aches

Some people with SAD feel like they are sick all the time or just plain sore. Our body will have these odd feelings because of the lack of vitamin D or the excess amounts of melatonin. If you are sore for no reason, it may be the Sad talking.

 

Like a moth to flame

If you find yourself meandering around bright lights like in super markets or greenhouses, you may have SAD. Searching out sources of light and vitamin D subconsciously is a sign you need light in your life. Wintertime brings on less sunlight and dreary days, so maybe take a vacation to the sun if you can, if not, go tanning. Fake tanning adds precious vitamin d and regulates melatonin release.

 

Trouble concentrating

Have you ever slept for 8 hours but still wake up tired in the winter? This could be SAD. If your brain seems to drift off and you are well rested, it may be SAD.

 

If you have any of these symptoms in the winter, SAD may be affecting your life. Try and get some sun, real or artificial, this added vitamin D will help. Your best bet is to take a weekend getaway to somewhere sunny. You can always find cheap flights to Florida or Arizona in the winter, so spread your wings and visit some sun to get rid of that Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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5 Lifestyle Changes You Should Do in 2020

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Doing various lifestyle changes can be difficult especially when you attempt to initiate huge modifications that merely remain unfulfilled over time. Experts assert that planning small changes is more practical and achievable in real life.

Drink more water

The regular intake of water provides a multitude of benefits. Water helps reduce the frequency of migraines; it helps slow down aging; it aids in digestion; it assists in weight loss, among others. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water each day provides you with more energy, enabling you to manage the daily grind.

Go for daily walks

We all know that exercise helps keep us healthy, as well. However, not everyone has the time—or inclination—to start a rigorous and time-consuming exercise routine. Nonetheless, you can still keep yourself healthy by taking daily walks. You can start by taking a walk after you get up from bed each day and then do another round when you get home from work in the afternoon. If you are working from home, take several breaks and walk in your front yard or garden for a few minutes each time.

Begin writing a gratitude journal

Stress gets accumulated due to the many upheavals of daily life. There is a lot to complain about and work can become too stressful at times. You should know, though, that stress and worry can be debilitating to your health. Starting a gratitude diary allows you to destress yourself, realize how blessed you are, and allow catharsis to unfold.

Do a few minutes of reflection and meditation

Because you tend to be so busy each day, you forget to find time to reassess all the things that you are already blessed with. Worries are everyday facts of living. However, you do not have to dwell on them all the time. Find a few minutes to reflect upon the good things in life. Stay still and silent for a bit. Listen to the birds and smell some flowers if you can.

Ask for help when you need it

The funny thing about most people is that it is considered a crime to ask help from others. Most people think that admitting the need for help is tantamount to admitting weakness—a terrible blunder for one’s dignity. However, it is essential to remember that no one’s perfect and that a lot of us need assistance from time to time. Learning to lower yourself and admit the need for aid ultimately lightens your soul—and even helps you learn the virtue of humility.

In essence

It is necessary to plan some changes in your life. These changes can help lighten your everyday burden and eventually welcome more positivity in the different aspects of your existence. However, you should start with doing small modifications. Keeping them small allows you to easily fulfill them because big goals tend to be too difficult especially when you’re too busy trying to keep up with the daily hustle and bustle. Also, laugh a little. Accept your frailty and be at peace with the world.    

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8 Ways of Dealing with People You Don’t Like

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It always helps to note that no one in this world is perfect, according to the author of “A Paperboy’s Fable: The 11 Principles to Success,” Deep Patel. That means that everyone, including you, is filled with various weaknesses and strengths that need to be considered when attempting to understand someone else.

Patel highlights several tips for dealing with people you don’t like. He asserts that it is essential for everyone to learn—and remember—these tips, especially since the failure to do so may only mean limiting oneself in the process.

Accept that you cannot deal with everyone

Patel says that it is normal not to like everyone. Each person has his own personality. Some may have a dominant personality, and others may have a timid one. However, this does not mean that you are a “bad person,” which does not mean that the other person is one.

Attempt to find positivity in the other’s words

It is always essential to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Not everyone is out to sabotage you, and you aren’t always about to hurt anyone, too. Hence, even when someone else says something hurtful, it may not be meant that way for the other person. Learning to pick through the other’s words of the other person may be helpful, as well.

Stay in touch with your emotions

Patel also mentions that our emotions play a significant role in understanding the people around us. Our feelings can affect how we view others. As they say, when you are in a bad mood, you also tend to see the world as ugly. In contrast, feeling good tends to make us see the world in a more benevolent light.

Try not to take things personally, and put some space

Taking things personally all the time can also hinder understanding. Emotions play a massive part in analysis. Staying objective lets us see the bigger picture and permit empathy to arise. Put some space between you and the person you don’t like, as well. This will further allow you to look at things more objectively.

Calmly express how you feel and find a referee

When you’re about to burst, try to relax yourself first. Spontaneity can be good at times, although saying what you feel when you feel so may further damage communication. Try to soften your words and say things in a quiet, relaxed voice. You can also find a mediator to help you communicate your thoughts better.

Choose your battles

Remember also that not all battles are worth your time. As they say, try not to go down to the other’s level. If you can still ignore them, then you are free to do so.

Never be defensive

Defensiveness means you are on your way to the losing end. It is always best to state facts and avoid having to explain everything you say. As long as you aren’t doing anything wrong, there shouldn’t be a reason for you to explain yourself to anyone.

You are in control of your own happiness

In the end, you are the one in control of yourself—and your own happiness. Never let anyone dictate how you act or feel. When you let others irk you to no end, you are merely allowing them to control you.

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Black Designers Celebrated During the Milan Fashion Week

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Five designers were part of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the Italian fashion group of the event. A name inspired by the international movement trending worldwide as a form of protest against racial injustice. However, due to the pandemic, the event was one of the first fashion week’s virtual shows. The digital event named We are made in Italy was filmed at Milan’s grand Palazzo Clerici and hosted the summer/spring 2021 collections of Joy Meribel, Karim Daoudi, Mokudu Fall, Claudia Gisele Ntsama, and Fabiola Manirakiza. As Manirakiza was initially from Burundi, Mokodu Fall and Claudia Giselle Ntsama grew up with a family of tailors from Cameroon. At the same time, Karim Daoudi was born in Morocco, and Joy Meribel grew up in Nigeria. The five designers were mentored by the only black member of the Italian fashion council, Stella Jean. The Italian-Haitian was also campaigning against racism in the industry. According to Jean, Made in Italy used to represent itself around the world as a white concept. However, now it is no longer like this as the new Italy doesn’t want to be part of it.

Going against the grain

According to the Italian high fashion black designers, they believe that it is essential to show the world that Made in Italy doesn’t correspond to any particular color.  They want to abolish the prejudice of being Italian means being white. They claim that this world we live in is a world that only a few know of its existence, and even fewer are able to enjoy it. 

However, since the show was dedicated to black Italian designers of Milan’s fashion week for the first time, it’s debut was the marking point in the official calendar. A strong move of the organizers in the hope of highlighting the lack of diversity in the industry. 

According to Stella Jean, it is quite depressing to think that most Italian brands enjoyed by worldwide attention have a mass amount of influence on billions of people who don’t even realize that an entire generation in Italy is asking for a voice and space.

Jean demands that the sector governing body support black designers and have called out Italian fashion houses to confront racism.

Making a permanent mark

Some may even say that predominantly, Italy has shown blindness to horrifying racing hiding underneath its skin. 

Jean claims that it is unfair that some people remain invisible. Italian brands tend to pretend not to see them and give most of their attention in an inappropriate way towards the Black Lives Matter movements outside of Italy. Instead, they would focus on things happening in the United States while ignoring things happening in their own country. She believes that Italy has a serious racial problem, and if we don’t open the wound now to heal it, it will never heal. 

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