As the holidays rapidly approach and the hustle and bustle that is the Christmas season rock into full speed craziness it is easy to become overwhelmed.
Things don’t always go the way we intend, people aren’t there to spend it with us, money may get tight, things seem out of control and our moods drop and sadness can take over.
Here are a few tips to fight those blues and keep your mood more golden and happy.
Add Vitamin D: Go out and get some sun! Vitamin D levels have been shown to affect our moods. Mayo Clinic & Vitamin D Get out and absorb some D from the sun or look for a quality supplement to assist you in this task.
Get Moving: Harvard Health tells us in its compilation of previous studies that moving. It is easy to get trapped in that spiral of depression and sluggishness. I fight this on a regular basis. Feeling a bit low, so you lay on the couch, then after a while you begin hurting from a lack of exercise so you don’t want to move, then you feel even more bad about yourself because you’ve been a slug and haven’t moved. Just get up and go for a walk. (I continue to struggle with this one issue. It is a daily choice to find ways to move and stay active.)
Add Vitamin B Complex: The B Complex vitamins are ESSENTIAL for our mental well being. When the levels get low (which is easy since we don’t store it or make it) our moods can follow. Studies show that low levels of these essential vitamins can have a marked effect on our well being.
Don’t Over-Imbibe: When we drink alcohol it uses up the B Complex in our system as well as any Vitamin C. So A) don’t drink so much and B) replace the vitamins you know are being depleted by your actions.
Be Conscious of your Sugar Intake: I KNOW you don’t want to hear this during the holiday season, BUT… According to World of Psychology, “People who suffer from depression are especially vulnerable to sugar’s evil power.” Eat 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies a day, the fiber will help to counteract some of the damage being done by those sugars. Whole foods, minimally processed are the antidote to the damages being done by sugar consumption. See: Sugar, The Bitter Truth
Follow General Nutritional Suggestions: When your body is getting the fuel it needs to be keep running strong and healthy, it is better able to deal with stressors and set backs!
Drink Water: Stay Hydrated! PsychCentral and other sources tell us that dehydration is also related to depression, so keep drinking water and remember that “flavored” drinks, sodas, and coffee don’t count as your water intake.
Meditate: Whether you clear your mind of all thoughts, focus on a scripture, visualize yourself by a babbling brook or journal your thoughts – meditation is shown time and again to provide relief from depression and the blues. A local source to teach Mindful Based Stress Reduction is Madeline Ebilini.
Thank you, Kara Shufflebarger for the image that I turned blue! :-)