Dress: Loft // Jacket: c/o Aeropostale // Purse: J. Crew // Necklace: Bauble Bar // Boots: DV by Dolce Vita
Is it spring yet? No? "Shouldering" on in this embellished sweater dress--the moody colors are anti-spring but I guess maybe I am feeling a little down in the dumps about this weather. My best friend would try to tell me how the winter affects her mood and I wrote it off as nonsense but I'm starting to feel like she's on to something. A quick Google search will tell you it's called Seasonal Affective Disorder and that it affects 25 million Americans, mostly women. I feel like this explains ALOT--from the sugar and carb cravings to the serious lack of energy. Apparently, the lack of light in wintertime can result in lower levels of serotonin, the mood-enhancing chemical that regulates hunger and the feeling of well-being.
Here's a few tips to help combat the symptoms:
- Subject yourself to bright indoor light. This is the touchstone of seasonal affective disorder treatment. Many pricey lights are available. Ross says a 300 watt bulb within three feet for 20 minutes three times a day can help, although the boost in serotonin may be temporary.
- Exercise. This is very hard to do when caught up in the seasonal affective disorder cycle. But if you can force yourself to start, 15 to 20 minutes of dancing to the radio or fast walking can reduce a sweet tooth and improve mood.
- Eat wisely. This means, pushing away the leftover cake and eating sensible carbs to stimulate serotonin. Sweets and simple carbs, like white rice and white bread, quickly raise blood sugar, flood you with insulin, and then drop you in a hole. Eating wisely also means watching the caffeine, which suppresses serotonin.
- Boost other hormones! Oxytocin is another feel good hormone often called the “cuddle hormone”. Oxytocin is released when we feel love, trust and comfort. It can be even more powerful than serotonin. If you need a lift, remember the power of simply spending time with your significant other or family members and friends.
I know this has very little to do with fashion but the truth is if I don't feel good internally about myself, it affects all the other areas of my life, including my creative energy in fashion and blogging. I know I personally need to work on being more active and decreasing my caffeine intake. I hope you find this helpful if you're feeling the least bit down about your local weather!