Remedies for the Winter Blues

If you are someone who has struggled or is struggling with seasonal depression this was written with you in mind.
 
What is Seasonal Depression?

 

Seasonal Affective Depression or SAD, is a disorder that becomes activated by the changes in the seasons. It can also be referred to as the Winter Blues because it can be more intense in the Winter. It's most common in areas that experience the weather getting colder and less hours of sunlight. It can throw your sleep schedule off, increase feelings of tiredness, & invoke a desire to withdraw from social life.
All the plants that bloom in the summer go inwards or wither away, the outdoor activities slow down, while we as humans keep functioning year round. It’s understandable why this can be such a sluggish time, because the natural thing to do in the cold is to preserve your energy & focus on the rebirth that comes with Spring.
In this blog I’ll be sharing a few coping techniques rooted in ancient techniques & traditional medicine that I have personally practiced & found really helpful for managing my own Seasonal Depression. It’s my intention that they support you too.
Coping Techniques
#1 Solfeggio Frequencies
Solfeggio Frequencies are a scale of frequencies that align with the chakra system. The same way that each frequency correlates to a chakra, each frequency and chakra correlate to a note on the musical scale of Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti. For example Do correlates to the Root Chakra, Re to the Sacral, Mi to the Solar Plexus and so forth.
To go even further, each frequency correlates to a gland in the body. And yes, there is research that supports and proves that music not only has an effect on the nervous system, but to specific points in the body. The chart below helps understand this.
Chakra Frequency <hz> Scale Note Gland Color Code
Crown 936 Ti B Pineal Violet and or White
Pineal/1st eye 852 La A Pituitary & Pineal Indigo
Throat 741 So G Thyroid Blue
Heart 639 Fa F Thymus Green
Solar Plexus 528 Mi E Pancreas Yellow
Sacral 417 Re D Gonads Orange
Root 396 Do C Adrenals Red and or Black
Most music released in the world has a frequency of 440 hz, this falls between the frequencies of 417 & 528 hz. This means that most popular music in rotation on the radio, doesn’t go beyond the frequency that correlates with our Sacral Chakra/emotional center. This doesn’t mean anything good or bad, it’s just something to think about.
The same way that tuning to certain stations (frequencies) on the radio activates stations to come in clear, listening to frequencies and sounds that have been proven to have a direct effect on our mind, bodies, and energy can be useful. Since sound has such an impact on the mind and body - healing using music, frequencies, and light should be included and considered when discussing natural medicine. It has already been explored and practiced in ancient societies, and it still is being used today under names like chromatherapy. I’ll list some references at the end of this blog.

 

Water Consciousness Experiment by Masuru Emoto

 

How does this help with seasonal depression?
Tapping into a frequency that targets an area you’re struggling in can be helpful, not exclusively in the Winter, but all the time.
It’s worth mentioning that we are made up of at least 75% water. And there have been plenty of experiments that proved the impact that vibration and frequency have on water. Words are just another form of sound & words do have power. One of my favorite experiments is by Masaru Emoto, a scientist who exposed containers of water to different words and sounds. After he froze them, he observed the ice formations under a microscope. The ice crystals either showed signs of deformation or a harmonious crystal formation depending on what was spoken. The crystallized forms reflected how impactful the positive or negative things we say to ourselves really are. So imagine what listening to frequencies designed to harmonize and activate parts of the body would do internally? Imagine what reciting positive affirmations can do for your reality...
How can you utilize this tool?
YouTube has a lot of options to sound bathe with the frequency you desire. My favorite sound baths are ones with Tibetian sound bowls, but choose what feels right for you. Search “the frequency” and select the video based on how the sound makes you feel, not just on title. I notice that some videos have generic titles that are not always accurate to the actual frequency it relates to, which is why it's important to customize your listening experience by setting your own intention for selecting that frequency based on the chart. These sound baths can be played in the background while doing anything, but they work well being played at the start of any day, in the shower, or before bed. These sounds can also be used to curate your own guided meditation session. Have fun with it.
#2 Light Therapy
Just like a sound bath, light baths have been used as a form of traditional medicine. Color also has a long history of being used as a communication tool through symbolism. The lighting in any space has a large impact on the ambiance, vibe, and subconscious feeling of being somewhere. It's a reason why dim lights set a “mood” - or laying in the dark can be satisfying for some people [speaking for myself]. Our response to different forms of light is based on the fact that light has an effect on the mind, because light and sound have a direct relationship to frequency. Without going too much into the science behind how, the chart above can serve as a guide to use different light bulb colors to set a different mood in your environment.

In the Winter time, the sun is out for shorter amounts of time. But the amount of sunlight we get is directly related to how much vitamin D we produce for our bodies, which regulates how much melatonin is being increased in our bodies. Melatonin is responsible for inducing sleep and regulating the internal clock called our circadian rhythm. So it makes sense that sleeping patterns go through changes in the Winter.

While the most ideal thing would be to set time aside to get at least 8 minutes of sunlight every day, I understand that that’s not always what happens. According to Contemporary Color Theory & Use, white light has been explored to have positive effects on people who experience SAD. It serves as an alternative form of sunlight which helps if you live in an area with little natural light. So another option can be looking into this kind of lamp to still get that stimulation of light to positively affect your body.
#3 Movement
While energy preservation is a major key during a season where it's normal to feel less energy, movement can still be of service. Our bodies are designed for motion, so sitting and lying down for long periods of time can increase feelings of rustiness. Movement can not only help with feeling rusty, but it does wonders for your overall well-being. 
A simple practice that revolves around moving your body can benefit you by working on your Summer body-goals, or just going for a walk that doubles as getting some sunlight for light therapy. It doesn't have to be a traditional gym practice, as long as its something that circulates new energy into yourself.
Dedicating time to your body has transferable effects like an increase of self love, self-commitment, focus that carries into other areas of your life. 

 

I hope this article finds you with any amount of usefulness. I’m rooting for you. If you know someone who can use support and is struggling with SAD, share this with them.
 <3

 

 

additional reading / references: 
Contemporary Color Theory & Use by Steven Bleicher
https://journals.sfu.ca/seemj/index.php/seemj/article/view/59
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sonali-Dixit-2/publication/331150250_HAVE_YOU_WONDERED_WHY_MUSIC_IS_SO_WONDERFUL/links/5e1493ce299bf10bc397cecc/HAVE-YOU-WONDERED-WHY-MUSIC-IS-SO-WONDERFUL.pdf

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  • Kyree on

    I really enjoyed this. Some helpful tips and info, since I’ve been feeling down this winter. Your writing is excellent and is improving. Appreciate you.


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