You are not alone
But there is hope. The strength of natural medicine is in prevention and treating conditions early on before they become complicated and severe.
Getting outside for 20 min daily can be a tremendous lift. Here's why: exposure to light (even if there is no direct sun) helps re-set the pineal gland which is responsible for setting the internal clock.
Tip: Invest in proper winter clothing and walk, jog, hike or play in the snow. Take a pet or friend along. It's about getting fresh air, natural light, and getting your circulation going.
Or use a light box at dusk and dawn to stimulate the pineal glad to turn melatonin on and off respectively.
Get Proper Rest
Turn off your computer 2 hours before bedtime. The blue-wavelenght light from all electronic devices shuts off melatonin production. Indoors, we may spend more time on these devices which disrupts the internal clock at a seasonally vulnerable time for the body.
Have to use them for work? Invest in coloured eyeglasses which block the blue wavelength.
Break the caffeine cycle
Poor sleep at night and caffeine consumption by day go hand in hand. Reach for restorative a nutritive plant medicines to calm the nervous system such as
nettles, oat straw or passionflower. Brew and use instead of caffeine or try this sleepy time brew: Lavender tea with honey
Steep 1 tsp of lavender flowers for 10-15 minutes to make a strong brew. Lemon and honey to taste. Goodnight!
Meditation as medication
Tuning into your inner voice is more in line with the quite and stillness of winter. Using the breath as an anchor, you can re-set your entire brain. For best results in learning how to, it is best to join a program - some excellent ones are free of cost: www.dhamma.org