Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs most commonly in autumn and winter, as the days grow shorter. It is believed the decreasing amounts of sunlight and the colder temperatures affect chemical changes in the brain.
Up to 20% of people experience symptoms of SAD, with 4x more women being affected than men.
Are you experiencing any of these common symptoms of SAD?:
- Crying spells
- Trouble concentrating
- Body aches
- Loss of sex drive
- Poor sleep
- Decreased activity level
- Overeating, especially of carbohydrates, with associated weight gain.
These symptoms typically begin in autumn each year and last until spring, with symptoms being more intense during the darkest months.
Natural treatments that help to reduce or alleviate symptoms of SAD include:
- Light therapy
- Vitamin D
- and HORSES!
It is now widely understood and accepted that animals contribute to our health and wellbeing by:
- Lowering levels of the stress hormone, cortisol
- Increasing levels of oxytocin thereby contributing to a
sense of happiness and bonding
- Increasing levels of dopamine providing us with more energy
- Increasing endorphins offering a sense of euphoria
- Increasing phenethylamine thereby generating feelings of elation
(Odendaal, 2000; Odendaal & Meintjes, 2003; Charnetsky et al. 2004; Wells, 2009 cited in Walsh, 2009).
“It has been clinically documented that just being around horses changes human brainwave patterns. We calm down and become more centred and focused when we are with horses. Horses are naturally empathetic. The members of the herd feel what is going on for the other members of the herd.”
“There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
So let us help you lift the veil on these otherwise dark days. Wisteria’s healing herd awaits you.
Single Equine Guided Session (1.5 hours) = $120
3-pack of Equine Guided Sessions = $330 ($30 savings)
6-pack of Equine Guided Session = $600 (1 free session!)
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