It’s that time of year again when most of us feel cooped up and sometimes sad. It’s winter and we all get the winter time blues occasionally.
Train your brain to focus on the positives in life. Use positive affirmations and write them down if you need to. A happy person is fully caught up in the moment, in other words they are present. They don’t dwell on a catastrophic event or situation. They enjoy their friends, their surroundings, beauty and the here and now. Engineers and scientist often experience something called “paralysis by analysis”. Don’t think for one minute if you analyze a problem over and over again or a negative situation that you won’t paralyze your mind as well.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter time blues often affects us in the colder months of the year. Zap it quickly by taking vitamin D3 from (October until April). In summertime we get enough D3 just by going out in the sunshine for 10 minutes a day but your body doesn’t get this in the colder months. Taking a winter time cruise or south Florida vacation is also good during the winter months if you can afford it and take the time.
Pray and Meditate-If you are religious go to church, join a group or just pray. If you do not believe in a higher power just meditate. Meditation is simply quieting your mind, turning off all electronics and doing some deep breathing. Like yoga and Pilates this is a very relaxing technique to rid the body of your daily stressors.
Exercise-Start with yoga, Pilates and stretching. Then add a brisk walk with your dog, your best friend or your spouse. Try an aerobic type class to really get your heart rate up. Serotonin is released from the brain during brisk exercise and it is truly equivalent to a prescription pill.
Focus on your diet as a culprit to making you feel bad, sad, or unhealthy. Take fish oil Omega 3/6/9. If you are vegan get this great vitamin through flax seed and flax oil. Getting enough fruits and vegetables can make s huge difference in the way you feel. I have several friends that have gone 100% vegan and claim to feel better than they ever have. Often times meat, dairy, cheeses and other such foods are pumped full of hormones and unnatural things that just are not that great for your body.
Anxiety disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder are a little different but both can be treated with a few minor changes to your life. If your symptoms are prolonged or severe see a doctor, you may have a hormonal imbalance, true depression, bi-polar disorder or something that needs to be treated by a medical professional.