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It’s Not Too Late To Significantly Lift Your Mood, Even Mid-Winter

I’m no stranger to the winter blues… …otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.)   This temporary blah feeling that accompanies the winter months is thought to be triggered by shortened hours of daylight, which causes an imbalance in melatonin rhythms and decreased serotonin levels in the brain. SAD is thought to have a genetic component as well, and sure enough, almost every woman I know in my family has a touch of the winter blues. But there are 8 things you can do right now to help re-balance your mood naturally and feel better this winter than you ever …

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The One Thing You Can Do Daily To Lift All Types Of Depression… Naturally

We all know that getting morning light each day significantly improves seasonal blues (or winter depression.) But a new study shows that light therapy lifts depression — even depression that is NOT seasonally related — *more effectively* than antidepressant drug therapy.   The assumption has always been that major depressive disorder is different from seasonal depression, but this study shows that light therapy can be used on it’s own to treat depression whether seasonal or not. Published in JAMA Psychiatry on Nov 18, 2015, this placebo controlled study supports the use of a non-pharmaceutical intervention over a pharmaceutical intervention, which …

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Six Questions To Ask Yourself Before Winter Arrives

  It’s time to post my annual winter checklist of all the crucial health tips I have collected that keep me feeling my best during the darkest month of the year. Heading into November, this week is the perfect time to make sure we are doing all we can to feel our very best… … to slow down and care for our inner spark while the earth prepares for winter.     It’s okay to take these winter months slower, to tend to our inner needs more, and to make sure we are getting lots and lots of sleep. It’s …

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Thoughts On Health… Relief From Seasonal Allergies, Naturally

  It turns spring this week, baby!!! And for many folks the first thing that comes to their mind during spring isn’t beaches and bare feet and picking fresh strawberries and bumble bees and gardening and sunshine… it’s allergies. Well poop. That stinks. But I’ve got your back. Because I don’t want you to drug up on antihistamines and watch your lovely spring season go by in a blur of grogginess. Here is what you are going to do to help establish your own equilibrium without the Rx…   1. Wash your hands like it’s going out of style. Every …

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Thoughts on Health… Finding your Equilibrium During Fall

    Ahhh… fall. How I love you. The cooler mornings. The walks outside. Leaves swirling through the air. Loading up on firewood for the winter. My children laughing as they swing, run, play, spend more time outside than ever before. Oh, but how you hold a dark secret inside of you. You don’t fool me for one instant… I know that the cooler mornings and campfire evenings are possible because of your tilt away from the sun… and how the days are now shorter than the nights, until they are so brief we wake up to darkness and eat …

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