• Rebecca Ramdeholl, CHNC

Winter Blues much?

I swear I blinked, and 12 months have passed since I last blogged. Since my last post, some health-related news hit the public. The carnivore only diet has started to materialize in the mainstream. Studies and reports are now coming out on some of the negative impacts of vaping, especially among our younger population. A new virus. The climate change topic has created new anxieties. We are in full-on winter up here and with it, brings the inevitable blues, where we are all longing for sun and warmth. School strikes and exams.

Depression and anxiety? Of course you feel it! With the decrease of outdoor exposure in order to escape the cold, the lack of fresh food, the long hours of darkness outside, and still recovering physically and financially from another rushed-holiday, it really is no surprise if one starts to feel...well...bummed. And by the way, losing weight because you're so full of anxiety that you can't eat, is not a good thing - no matter how "great" you look in your jeans.

The best thing that one can do during a time like this, is to take it one day at a time. Changes come and changes go. What you feel now, you may not feel later. Make yourself that cup of tea. Go to work, and take your mind off your worries for a little bit while you're earning coin. Get your sleep. If you have a physically demanding job, rest when you are home. If you're sitting all day at your job, go walk around the block when you get home.

There are lots of ways you can take care of yourself. You may not be able to fix all of your external problems, but you can make yourself strong enough to deal with it. Especially if you're a Mom.

One of the best ways I know is by taking my GABA supplement. My naturopathic doctor recommended this to me, and I've been using it ever since. GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) is the best thing that seems to work for my anxiety. It doesn't knock you out, and it doesn't dull your senses either. It really smooths out the rough edges, and helps you glide through your stressful times, and it's natural. GABA is a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. GABA is typically recommended for anxiety sufferers due to its calming, relaxing effect on the nervous system, but more research is needed to support this.

I absolutely love my GABA and my various teas that I rely on to get me through a particularly rough time. Exercise or movement is also something that is regularly regarded as helpful towards mental and physical health. Break a sweat three times a week for 30 minutes, and you'll sleep like a baby...hopefully.

I hope that your winter blues and aches and worries ease sooner rather than later, and that you can start to enjoy this ride called Life. May the new year be gentle and ease your worries, may it excite you and bring you inspiration, may it reward you with opportunities, and above all, may it bring you strength to better your personal world always.

Namaste, dudes.



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