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Healthy Ways to Boost Your Spirits
The holidays are over and
now all there is to look forward to is ... winter, with its
seemingly endless days of dark, dreary weather. Fortunately,
there are ways to boost your mood, many of which you
may not have thought of. Here are a few suggestions to help
you beat the winter blues:
leave you feeling "more alive, more awakened."
Different scents can bring
about different moods...
gives you the opportunity to "escape...
Mandel has a few other
suggestions to help lift your mood:
- Bring a new plant into the house to
create a spring-like atmosphere.
- Look at the
color orange, the color of cheerfulness.
No need to repaint the house; just place an orange on your
- Crank up the music. Whatever makes
you feel happy and brings back
of good times.
- Stay connected to other people. We
tend to be more isolated in the winter. If you can't get
out, rely on phone or email.
Change Your Routine
Break out of your
comfort zone and try something new...
A daily deep breathing
meditation of just one minute in the morning and one minute in
the evening (of course, more won't hurt you) will remove much
of the clutter in your brain.
"Physical activity is
a great combatant for depression," says outdoor...
If your winter blues
seriously disrupt your life, you may actually be suffering
from seasonal affective disorder (aptly known as SAD). The
widely accepted treatment for SAD is exposure to bright light
(light therapy or phototherapy).
Massage can help promote
relaxation, reduce stress, and perhaps even boost your mood...
Mind-body techniques such
as qi gong, t'ai chi, and yoga may all be effective in helping
you beat the winter blues.
The following relaxation
exercise quickly reduces muscle tension throughout your body.
Practice this simple, 10-minute exercise...