It’s almost March and we are all sick and tired of over cast crappy days, especially if in the northern states.
Are you feeling unmotivated, down in the dumps, fatigue, tire, irritability, and craving the sun / warmth? Join the rest of us!
Technically, statistics on seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) in the United States include that this disorder occurs in about 5% of adults, with up to 20% of people having some symptoms of the condition but not sufficient enough to meet diagnostic criteria for this disorder. (Medicinenet.com)
This is what we do:
1. Exercise. No duh right? 30 minutes a day keeps the blues away. Your body secretes all sorts of feel good chemicals during exercise. Get your body moving, whether it’s yoga or pumping iron … MOVE!
2. Lights. Some people have found great relief from full spectrum light therapy. Others I know just go tanning (I know, don’t hate on the tanners ok?). Spend some time walking outside if it’s a sunny day, let the light hit your face. Do some yoga, especially “sun salutations” towards the morning sun. Light triggers feel good hormones & brain chemicals in the body.
3. Nutritional Deficiencies. Getting your vitamin D and omega 3’s? Vitamin D reserves from sunny summer are stored in our liver and wane over the winter time. When we get post Christmas (or sooner) we start to feel yucky. The omega 3’s are critical for brain function and there are oodles of research articles of the efficacy of this critical fatty acid. Oral supplementation can be key for helping some people get back to where there they feel motivated again. We love Young Living’s OmegaGize3 because it’s super engineered for the brain and body, many supplements all in 1 cap. CLICK HERE for OmegaGize video!
4. Food Intake. Sugar won’t help the winter blues, it will make it worse. Also, because fresh local veggies aren’t as abundant, we wind up eating more processed and less raw food during the winter. Make a conscious effort to get more greens and less sugar / processed foods for your meals.
5. Essential Oils. Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse! This time and ANY time of year we benefit from diffusing pure therapeutic grade oils into the air. Oils that have “uplifting” effects are perfect to help shake that bad attitude and get your brain back on track. Some of my favorites for the winter season are Citrus Fresh, Joy, and Stress Away.
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Jen Springer is a Holistic Nutrition Expert who currently serves 10,000 clients. Her approach to health is refreshing and out of the box, yet makes so much sense. Through her entertaining and informative webinars, blog posts, and personal recovery program Let’s Get Physical: Anxiety is NOT All in Your Head, her clients quickly get results even though they’ve spent years of chasing for answers. Jen has been a health educator and practitioner for the last 10 years.