by A. Grano on December 13th, 2010 at 7:00 am
The end of the year and the holidays tend to creep up on us each year, but the stores are sure to remind us to buy presents, drink eggnog, and be merry… when all we really want to do is hide under the covers.
Why are the holidays so commonly associated with stress and irritability? Maybe it’s more than the over-commercialization and pressures of holiday obligations… and possibly the weather! Cloudy weather and shorter days equate to more time indoors, thus less time soaking up the sun’s natural vitamin D. Deficiency greatly contributes to overall sluggishness and a gloomy demeanor. If not managed, this can lead to seasonal affective disorder, which consists of low mood corresponding to seasonal changes.
While natural remedies can’t hit the mall and go shopping for you or get you out of a potluck dinner with the in-laws and their (crazy) neighbors, they can provide additional support for combating stress, irritability, and even soothing agitated tummies.
Homeopathic alumina (30C) is often used to address general lethargy and the feeling of wanting to ‘curl up and hibernate’. Kali phos (6X), a biochemic tissue salt, is an excellent nerve tonic and natural calmative to help relieve common irritability.
For a quick fix you probably have at home, try some peppermint. It has been shown to have a relaxing effect on tight muscles in the head and neck (often a tension headache trigger), in addition to relieving digestive complaints such as nausea and dyspepsia. Drink a cup of peppermint tea, or chop mint leaves and add to soups and salads.
More Tips for Handling Seasonal Depression
- Get Moderate Amounts of Exercise – the best way to boost your brain’s natural feel good chemicals! Even with a busy schedule, make time and stick to it.
- Think Positive. Don’t dwell on the negative aspects of a situation. Instead, psych yourself up with positive thoughts and smile – studies show beneficial effects!
- Eat Healthy! The ensuing weight gain, hangovers, and physical malaise of eating poorly will only increase negative emotions, so enjoy food and drinks in moderation.
- Monitor Your Mood. If mood and apathy lingers long after the holiday season – accompanied by symptoms like low energy, apathy in activities you once enjoyed, difficult concentrating or sleep problems– you may be suffering from clinical depression and should consult a doctor or a mental health professional.
MoodCalm™ is a homeopathic remedy that calms emotional outbursts and reduces mood swings.