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WHAT IF YOU ARE PRONE TO THE HOLIDAY BLUES?
For those susceptible to mood problems or negative reactions to
stress, the Christmas, Chanukkah, & New Years Holidays are particularly
After observing this over many years I feel the causes are diet
changes, light changes, unmet expectations & increased stress.
There is no question sweets & alcohol can play havoc with moods.
We are tempted by more of both of these at this time of year.
Be careful to resist the tempta- tion-or if you don't & find yourself
losing perspective, feeling hypersensitive, negative or irritable,
then look at what you ate & drank in the previous 48 hours. There
you will find a likely contributor. If you know this cause-effect,
you at least have some control over your misery. Get you diet back
in control & you will be in better control of how you feel, think
Those with seasonal mood changes may have started to react to the
missing sunshine by December. Sunshine affects glandular & neurotransmitter
functions in your brain. If you have sunshine, get out in it at
least 1/2-1 hour daily, walking, sporting, working,or whatever.
If you have little sunshine & gray days adversely affect, you seriously
consider giving yorself or asking for the present of a full spectrum
light. A health gift is a very loving gift. You can find out
more about how this works & where to get it by going to http://www.bluesbuster.
com or http://www.cutcat.com/
or doing your own search. If you use a light, begin with 15-30
minutes between 7-8am. Sit 3 feet in front of the light doing whatever
& occassionally look at the light. Then adjust your time in front
of the light according to your response. Some people do better
using the light between 7-8 in the evening.
We tend to idealize what we believe should happen during the
Holidays, perhaps based upon childhood expectations about Santa
Claus. We expect family & loved ones to behave in a certain way.
If some family & loved ones are no longer there we are particularly
sad about losses.
Be sure not to indulge yourself by dwelling on what isn't. Instead,
focus on what is, then do what you can to make it better. Be sure
to focus on others rather than feel helpless, lonely, disappointed
or grieving. Activate yourself to become involved to create a
better here-and-now reality,even if you don't feel like it. Do
it anyway. It will pay off. Search your creative mind to find
what you would like to do & with whom, then make your plans. Beware
of empty holi-days, awakening to a vacuum of loneliness. Even strangers
are available for you to join with in shared Holiday plans. Check
the newspaper for events, etc.
We all know how stressful the holidays can be. Our culture seems
to have created the stress around what we would hope would be an
uplifting spiritual time. Pace
yourself. Figure out what really has to be done, then give yourself
adequate time to do it. Eliminate & streamline what you can.
When you feel overwhelmed, bring yourself back to the moment &
stay with what you are doing right now, instead of thinking about
all the things you must get done by such & such time. Being present
& focused & remembering to take some good slow deep breaths are
great stress reducers.
Act prophylactically. If you or anyone you know is prone to the
blues be sure to take a good Multivitamin, B Complex, & Vitamin
C with meals. Then take the amino acid, Tyrosine upon arising
on an empty stomach, 2,000-4,000 mg at least 1/2 hour before eating.
If needed, you can repeat this dose mid-afternoon between meals.
Be sure to take it with 1-2 pyridoxal-5-phosphate.
The Tyrosine increases norepinephrine in your brain which increases
mood, drive & motivation. Tyrosine also protects against stress
as do the B Vitamins & Vitamin C. Studies show tyrosine improves
mental & physical performance under stressful conditions. Brand
new studies show it improves performance in & tolerance to cold
Further specifics for the natural treatment & control of moods
are detailed in my book, The Way Up From Down which can be viewed at eBook.
While there you can find additional details on the supplements mentioned.
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GOODBYE until next time and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
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