The gifts have been given. The cookies have been eaten. The tree is down...the menorah away. Now the long part of winter comes. Even though we have made it past the "shortest" day of the year (shortest daylight hours), we still have a long way to go to get to those warm days here in the northern hemisphere. Lessened daylight hours, holiday stress, and all of the "normal" stresses that people suffer through every single day can all add up to an immense burden. Prescription medications are an avenue to turn down, and there are many people that need them. However, those prescriptions can be expensive, bothersome, addictive and worse. For cases of mild blues, why not try something natural first?***
Flower essences are a great way to take the edge of the blah feelings of winter. These remedies originated with a Doctor Edward Bach in England in the early 1900's. He developed an interest in homeopathy which then led him down the path to discovering his flower remedies. You can learn more about his remedies on the website for the company that bares his name, www.bachflower.com.
Others have delved even further into the research started by the revolutionary doc. Several companies offer flower remedies of their own. While the Bach Remedies allow the consumer to custom mix her or her own blends, some companies offer flower remedies that are pre-mixed to avoid hassles for you. These companies sell the blends under names like "Release It" to aid in ridding yourself of stuffed up grief-filled emotions or "Be Courageous" for those needing a boost in their confidence.
Anxiety can ruin any day for anyone. There have been oodles of studies on the effectiveness of various remedies for this exact problem. In my consultation practice, I have found that combination products that address the various types of anxiety possible to be the best bet. There are amino acids, like L-threonine, that have been shown in some studies to produce feelings of well-being. There are also herbs like Sceletium tortuosum that been used in their home countries to help those that dwell there to better able deal with those super stressful moments. When partnered with various minerals and vitamins, these supplements can make ahuge difference in one's outlook.
Let's not forget to address the role the sense of smell plays in one's emotional health! It is well known in aromatherapy circles that citrus oils can produce happy feelings. A popular scent this time of year, oranges and cloves, can be found in aromatherapy oil and oil blends to help uplift spirits as well. Remember, essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil. Also, citrus oils generally make one's skin a bit more photosensitive. So remember to not expose skin that has had citrus oils applied to a large amount of light (like sunlight, tanning beds, etc).
**** Please remember to see your psychiatrist and/or medical doctor to find out if natural alternatives or medication is the way to go. NEVER stop taking a prescribed medication without the supervision of your psychiatric/medical doctor!!