Holidays Got You Down?

babyAlthough the jingle bells are jingling and halls are decked with holly, the holidays can be a particularly challenging time of year for a lot of people. If you’re feeling a bit down, try out these three tips to beat those holiday blues:

Eat Well – Christmas cookies, spiced eggnog, candy canes and more! The holidays are chock full of, well, crap. Eating crap, or overeating anything, literally feeds the depression cycle. Every time you eat crap, you feel bad, and then it just gets that much harder to pull yourself out.

Get Active – Don’t sit in the house all day. Get out and get moving! Go sledding, go hiking, have a snowball fight, or get your bum to the gym. Not getting enough physical exercise can actually worsen depression. Exercise rejuvenates a person and increases blood flow to all the major organs of body.

Start Laughing- Studies have shown that laughter does really make you feel better. Watch some silly Christmas movies! Pop in A Christmas Story or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and you just try to stay depressed!

About Alyssa Dazet, L.Ac.

As an acupuncturist, I’ve been privileged to see many, many cases of healing, even after nothing else worked. So much of this can be attributed to one’s diet. Fatigue, digestive distress, insomnia, stress, depression, skin conditions, pain, gynecological issues, asthma, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety, infertility, arthritis and on and on and on can all be managed through proper nutrition. Working with my patients on changing their diets more towards Paleo is a huge part of the healing process.

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This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet.