One of the things people are complaining about during winter is seasonal depression or “feeling blue”.
Most of us are really scared when we hear the word “depression”. If we start to feel depressed, we either hide it from anybody else or we don’t hide, but we still feel ashamed.
So, here I am, trying to bust the ghost and make you understand there’s no reason to be afraid! Each of us deals with sadness, fear, grief and anxiety at some point in our lives. For some, it gets deeper and we need help to get back on track. Besides finding a therapist that feels right for you, there are plenty of other things you can do to cure winter depression.
I’ve talked before about the importance of finding the root cause, working on emotional balance, letting go of the past and staying centered. Today I’d like to talk more about different herbs and alternative remedies that will help get your groove back!
Lots of people already know about St. John’s Wort, Gingko or Siberian Ginseng. These herbs are recognized for elevating the mood and stress busting. But, there are lots of other herbs and spices that you can use when you’re struggling with depression.
One of the easiest recipe that I’ve learned years ago is an Ayurvedic combination, good for any type of depression: 5 parts shatavari, 3 parts jatamansi, 3 parts gotu kola, 5 parts guduchi.
Take 1/2 teaspoon twice per day in a cup of warm water. You can add some honey to the mixture if you don’t like the taste.
If you like Chinese herbs, you can use dong quai and bupleurum.
If you’re not into herbs with strange names and you’d like to try things that you probably already use in your kitchen, here they are: celery seed, saffron, basil, cardamom, cloves, rosemary, thyme, rose tea and jasmine green tea.
The key to finding your emotional balance and to cure your winter depression is taking care of the whole YOU, not only the physical body.
You have to work on your emotions, your thoughts, your body and your environment.
If you find out your body is overwhelmed by toxins you need to support the detox process. Keep your body alkaline, reduce inflammation and congestion and maintain a healthy digestive system. Include in your diet foods like: avocados, blackberries, lemons, walnuts, cashews, sunflowers seeds, bananas, pineapples, leafy greens, kelp, wheat germs and green barley.
Use bright and happy colors, forget the black for now. Take walks, go to the gym or do some yoga. Enjoy the sunshine as much as you can or some bright light. When I was living in Seattle, missing the sun, I bought a natural light lamp and kept it on my desk almost every day. I never imagined it will help me. I was thinking that’s just another gadget that I buy and then I’ll give for free on Craigslist It worked so well that I still have the lamp even if I don’t use it so often now that I’m not living in Seattle anymore.
Use an essential oil to uplift your mood when you’re stuck in the house. I love grapefruit or orange but you can choose whatever oil you like.
No matter how deep is your depression each of these steps will bring you relief.
Also, each emotion and thought that you work on will have a positive effect on the body. Let go of any unnecessary and negative emotions. Focus on the lesson you learned and what actions you have to take from now on. Practice what you learned! Make the right changes, stop being scared of the WORD and you’ll get your groove back in no time!
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