Irish Sunday Mirror - - YOUR HEALTH -

FEEL­ING a spot of the win­ter blues? You could have sea­sonal af­fec­tive dis­or­der (SAD), a form of de­pres­sion trig­gered by the time of year. Try to get out­side each day for a dose of fresh air and sun­light, as well as try­ing these nat­u­ral treat­ments. Care St John’s Wort Low Mood Re­lief This tra­di­tional herbal rem­edy has been taken for cen­turies to boost low mood and mild anx­i­ety, but do not take if you are al­ready on anti-de­pres­sants. Avail­able from Ama­zon. Bright Light Mini SAD Light Box This por­ta­ble light­box gives users a boost in just 60 min­utes, pro­vid­ing 10,000 lux of day­light. It weighs 1kg and uses an en­ergy-sav­ing 45W bulb. Avail­able from Lloyd­sphar­macy. Bio­care Mega EPA Stud­ies show that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils help the brain to func­tion and re­duce risk of de­pres­sion. This sup­ple­ment gives you a high daily dose. Avail­able from Bio­care.co.uk.

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