Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the “winter blues”, is a common problem at this time of year. Support your mental health and ease the symptoms of depression this winter with at-home coMra therapy.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to seasonal changes at certain times of the year, with symptoms starting and ending around the same time every year.1 It’s more common in the northern hemisphere, but it affects people all around the globe, including South Africans.2

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Most often, SAD occurs during autumn and winter.1 This is due to a few key causes that can trigger depression symptoms:1

  • Low vitamin D levels, caused by less exposure to sunlight.
  • Lower levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that affect your mood), also due to less sunlight and low vitamin D.
  • Changes to your levels of melatonin, a hormone that helps to regulate sleep and mood. Disrupted melatonin levels can cause disrupted or irregular sleep patterns and depressed moods.
  • Changes to your circadian rhythm. Shorter daylight hours can disrupt your body’s “internal clock” and make you feel depressed or lethargic.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

Do you struggle with your mental health when the weather grows colder and the days start getting shorter? If these symptoms sound familiar, it’s likely you could have Seasonal Affective Disorder:1

  • Low energy levels, feeling tired and lethargic
  • Oversleeping
  • Feeling constantly sad or hopeless
  • Losing interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Craving high-carbohydrate foods
  • Overeating and weight gain, or other significant appetite changes
  • Trouble concentrating

The good news is, you can use your coMra device to treat and manage the symptoms of SAD throughout the winter, all in the comfort and warmth of your own home. coMra can also be used to manage mental health issues at any time of the year.

Read: Supporting Mental Health with coMra Therapy

SAFE, CONVENIENT AT-HOME TREATMENT FOR SAD

coMra treatments use low-level laser therapy (LLLT) combined with the healing radiances of colour and magnetism, to relieve mental and physical health concerns.

Read: coMra Therapy for Mental Health Management

The MENTAL HEALTH 1 protocol is designed specifically to help alleviate depression. It does this by combining 3 powerful coMra universal treatments. Here’s how to use it:

Part 1: Use the following universal treatments every day until you notice an improvement.

UNIVERSAL 5 (SB-2)

  • A somatic biostimulation routine
  • 23-minute sessions
  • Promotes overall wellness
  • Supports the central nervous system
  • Helps with hormonal balancing
  • Apply twice daily

UNIVERSAL 3 (BLOOD)

  • Works on key arteries
  • 10-minute sessions
  • Promotes overall wellness
  • Benefits circulate throughout the entire body
  • Apply once daily

Part 2: Once you notice an improvement, continue using UNIVERSAL 3 and 5 for 7 more days. Allow 2 weeks rest, and then apply:

UNIVERSAL 4 (SB-1)

  • A somatic biostimulation routine
  • 5 to 11-minute sessions
  • Relieves exhaustion
  • Works on the spinal column, key arteries and organs
  • Targets 1 area per day for 6 days
  • Allow 2 weeks rest and repeat once

familyAfter completing the above protocols in sequence, allow another 2 weeks rest, then repeat the process if needed.

Find detailed instructions for all protocols in our latest coMra User Guide.

Your physical, mental and emotional health are intrinsically linked; you can’t neglect one area of your overall wellness and expect the others to thrive. Using coMra empowers you to care for all aspects of your and your family’s health.