Tuesday, January 19, 2010
During the winter some of us seem to be plagued by a seasonal form of depression. It shows up for each of us differently but some common symptoms are; lack of energy, increased sleep, carbohydrate cravings, and afternoon slumps with little energy. With the latest forecast of rain for weeks, we may be experiencing these symptoms for the first time or are feeling even more depressed than usual.
Causes of seasonal depression are unknown but are related to the lack of ambient light and low vitamin D. Getting full spectrum lighting may be a challenge unless you have access to a device. But, you can purchase "daylight" lightbulbs from any hardware store and sit with it shining on you for short periods of time. Regarding, vitamin D, get some for your local health foods store or http://mynsp.com/murphystouchhealth take some as directed on the bottle. Eat foods high in Vitamin D, as well. Those being; eggs, mushrooms, spinach, potatoes, milk or soymilk with added vitamin D, fish especially salmon and beef kidneys/liver. If you want to start your day with a Vitamin D boost try Kellogg's All Bran with Extra Fiber and soymilk with added Vitamin D.
For those energy slumps through-out the day try "Ear Unrolling" Here's how;
Turn your head to the left and then to the right.
Notice any discomfort.
Start unrolling both ears from the top to the bottom while slightly tugging.
Do this 3 times.
Remember to breathe deeply.
Assess your shift by turning your head to the left and then to the right.
Most people find that they have increased energy and that if there was any neck pain it is lessened. You can't hurt yourself by doing "ear unrolling" but do take out your earrings if you wear them so you can get the full effect!
Remember our thoughts direct our moods, so be kind to yourself and know that if God takes care of the birds, He takes care of you too!
Peace, Lisa Murphy