The winter blues can hit with varying levels of intensity. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is the most intense level that actually qualifies as a form of clinical depression. Reiki can be a highly effective tool for beating the winter blues, particularly for its ability to restore balance, improve your mood and reduce stress. Winter’s shorter daylight hours and overall lack of sunlight can result in a biochemical imbalance in the body. This imbalance, in turn, can contribute to the onset of symptoms. Reiki is well-known for restoring physical, mental, and emotional balance, using healing energy to reestablish healthy homeostasis. Reiki can significantly improve your mood, breaking you out of a negative funk. An improved mood can have a domino effect on issues linked to a negative mood, such as anxiety, anger, confusion, hopelessness, and depression. You may find a notable increase in your positive energy, along with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. Reiki’s ability to reduce stress adds one more layer of relief, especially since chronic stress – and ineffective coping methods – can contribute to depression during any season. Reiki is actually designed to trigger your body’s relaxation response, which can bring on immediate as well as lasting relief from stress on the physical, emotional, and mental levels.