SAD is something that I was aware of, but hadn’t heard it had a label til now! Elizabeth asked this question “Now that winter seems like it’s finally starting to come, I was wondering if there’s anything that can be done to help prevent getting the usual “winter yucks” as we call them. So many illnesses seem to spring up around the winter time & I was wondering what kind of regime would be helpful to prevent it as much as possible! Also, I & many others I know suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) & I was curious as to your thoughts/remedies about it!”
For some, those struggling with SAD type circumstances, can start experiencing symptoms as early as October and November, for others, as late as February and March. One thing I’d like to point out here is the connection of Elizabeth’s two questions: the “winter yucks” and SAD. Approximately 75% of general colds and ‘yucks’ happen within 24-72 hours after an emotional upset. A break-up, the loan didn’t go through, your fired, the pet died, Grandma passed, etc. The stress and anxiety you created because of the upset compromises your immune system and makes you susceptible to ‘the baddies’ [aka cold/flu producing germs]. Not to mention the junk food cravings that can spike cause when you eat sugar your brain is happier, but your immune function is compromised yet again. I remember a case study I learned about in school of a young woman who got chronic bronchitis every November. When delving into her personal life a bit, she revealed extreme anxiety about the up coming family gatherings because of her life decisions [career choice and single status, still!] that were seen as a disappointment. She never made the connection, but one year when she decided to not attend that family celebration she found relief from the bronchitis. Now I don’t suggest exiling yourself from family, but in that situation, one year of distance may be the push she needed to work toward disallowing another persons opinion of her decisions to affect her. We will never make everyone happy, and we cannot let someones expectations of us determine our own happiness and ultimately our health! [Boy, do I need to hear this!!]
So, things that can be suggested for SAD would be regular, moderate exercise. Even if you can’t get outside, find one of the millions of home workout videos and plug it in and have fun with your kids/spouse/pets getting out of breath for 20-30 minutes, three times a week. You don’t have to buy a fancy DVD set; get on YouTube and find one for free!
Vitamin D deficiency is obviously a thing in this situation. Taking a quality D supplement is a good idea. But, also make sure you have enough Calcium, because you can take as much vitamin D as you want, and end up just eliminating it, if you don’t have calcium to process it and let your body utilize it properly. Check out the product OmegaGize3 from Young Living here. [Use my member #2442022 when signing up for wholesale prices to be a part of my team; already have a friend in Young Living? Contact them for help signing up!].
Diffuse essential oils. Some suggest adding oils to humidifers. While some may take it, most humidifiers are not designed for oils and may clog with oil usage, so you want to clean them frequently if you do try that. But you can buy diffusers that are specifically for that purpose. Don’t have a humidifier or a diffuser? Just drop a couple drops of oil on a coffee filter and keep it near as it will diffuse to a certain degree.
Oils good for this are; Any citrus will be invigorating; Peppermint and Sage helps clear head and allow for better concentration; “Christmas scents” like Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Pine are warming and inviting, many of them are also great for keeping the ‘ickies’ away; Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, and the like are calming, relaxing and can relieve occasional tension and promote a pleasant atmosphere. [Remember to use my member #2442022 when signing up for wholesale prices to be a part of my team; already have a friend in Young Living? Contact them for help signing up!].
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Let me know if you have any questions!
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