a feeling of depression or deep unhap-piness associated with experiencing the cold and darkness of winter.
Whilst most of the time we spend winter hibernating, happily free from the pressure to leave the house, and loving the chance to get cosy in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea (or a goblet of red wine, whatever…), there are times (like today) when the relentless cold and gloominess makes us feel a little…SAD.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression associated with the winter months and is thought to be caused by shorter days, lack of sunlight and less production of the happiness-boosting, anxiety-busting hormone, serotonin. SAD can make you feel, well, sad, as well as anxious, moody, lethargic and unmotivated.
So how can we cure it? Infrared rays are identical to the sun’s rays without the harmful UV, so a session at Wildfire can feel like you’ve been soaking up the sun all day long. Just like sunlight, infrared rays activate dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins (the brains “happy hormones”) and lower cortisol (our major stress hormone), providing you with a effective, mood-boosting experience to help combat those winter blues. As well as making you feel on-top-of-the-world, infrared sauna use is great for relieving muscle pain and stiffness caused by the cooler temperature and is totally rejuvenating for dull winter skin, leaving you with that post-sauna glow we all know and love!
So get off the couch, and get into the sauna - your mind and body will thank you for it!