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Reducing Seasonal Affective Disorder

September 26, 2014

The cold, winter months are right around the corner, and for those haters of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, this could mean seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that begins in the fall and continues throughout the winter, and it is characterized by loss of energy, anxiety, and sadness. However, avoiding SAD is as easy as ever with the help of Solar Innovations, Inc.’s structures, doors, and windows.

SAD occurs when the body experiences a chemical imbalance due to reduction of melatonin and serotonin levels by the lack of sunlight. To negate this effect, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting as much natural light as possible. Start eating your meals in a conservatory, sunroom, or by a window — especially breakfast, which is the start of your day. If you’re a gardener, spend a great deal of time in your greenhouse. Frequent exposure to sunlight is one of the most effective mood enhancers and treatments for SAD.

Furthermore, many fruits have been proven to help raise serotonin levels, including: apricots, apples, pears, grapes, plums, grapefruits, and oranges. By growing these types of fruits in your greenhouse, you will not only be able to enjoy fresh, organic treats throughout the year, but you will be subsequently reducing your risk of SAD.

Our structures are designed with the highest quality materials and glazing to give users all the benefits of the outdoors while at the same time never leaving the comfort of their home. Take advantage of your Solar Innovations, Inc. structures, doors, and windows in order to avoid the usual winter slump this year.