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Beating the Winter Blues

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As Christmas draws inexorably ever nearer, for some it just adds to our ‘winter blues’. SAD or seasonal Affective Disorder being another name for something that affects so many of us. Days and days of storms, ice and darkness – until spring creeps over the horizon can be dull. Indeed how many mornings would you rather simply stay under the duvet? Yet, with a few simple tips it can all be so easily avoided.

Keep Active: Half an hour of exercise a day – which is brisk enough to get you out of breath – has been shown to as good as any anti-depressant. When the weather is bad I travel a few miles to my local shopping centre.  Not to purchase anything, but simply to use the facility to get some exercise – and in warmer conditions. The shopping mall is about 400 metres in length (each step is about a metre in length when striding out), thus it doesn’t take too much to work out that five circuits of the mall (five up and five down = 10 x 400 metres = 4000 meters – roughly 2.5 miles). If you can’t leave home, then simply by walking up and down the stairs or hall as often as you can manage will suffice.

Don’t Sleep Late: If you find that in the dark mornings that you are sleeping later, your body-clock will start to fall out of sync. The consequence is that you will find it more and more difficult to get out of bead each day. In the worst case you may end up like a friend I know who sleeps all day, wakes at five, goes shopping at seven and then stays up all night watching television. This routine has unfortunately resulted in him losing his job and as a result his quality of life has deteriorated. Quality sleep is required for quality health.

Eat Healthy and Regularly: Linus Pauling a Swedish / American scientist came to the Vale of Leven Hospital back in 1970. The hospital had a ward with 60 people all of whom had terminal cancer. Life expectancy was about six months at best. It was reportedly found that giving a high dose of Vitamin C, half of the people in the cancer ward (who were given the opportunity) lived for another three and a half years.

Pauling gave ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in powder form – about half a teaspoon. Of course this isn’t recommended, but by consuming this in the food we eat, we can do our best to help ourselves. Kiwi fruit is very high in vitamin C and forms part of my diet every day – mostly in the mornings when I peel and segment an orange or grapefruit and add the Kiwi.

Get Plenty of Light: I try to convince my body that there is some shape to the day. I don’t have a S.A.D lamp to provide the daylight, although I know that they are available and probably worth investigation. Some people use these lamps in the morning to provide a mood lifting boost. However whether or not you have one, always try to get some sort of sunlight even in the dullest of days – such that your body will be able to regulate it's own time-clock better.

Attitude: The people that I can see who are happy and live longest are the ones who have a positive attitude. Of course we all moan and groan about the material things in life that we don’t have – yet many of us don’t see and can’t appreciate that there is always someone worse off than yourself – no matter how much wealth you may have.

Wealth isn’t everything. Health is certainly worth more so live your life to the best of your ability – there are as they say – no pockets in a shroud.

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This blog is written by Jim Steele

The founder of Moss-Grove Natural Products.
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