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Gray Skies Got You Down?

Updated: Feb 20

I live in the Midwest, and by the middle of winter each year I really start missing the sunshine! Lack of sunshine can negatively impact mood, leaving people feeling down. In fact, there's something called Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a type of depression that can happen during those winter months. Let me start by saying that if you think you need support, don't neglect to reach out to a trained counselor.

However, in this blog, I'm going to address some practical things that you can do to help boost mood.

  • Even when the sun isn't poking through the clouds, get into the habit of opening your curtains and blinds every day.

  • MOVE YOUR BODY. A walk is great when the weather cooperates, but simple things like stretching, rebounding, resistance training, HIIT can all be great options. Exercise gives you a boost of certain neurotransmitters that can boost mood.

  • When you're able, bundle up and get some real sunshine. I know it's less enjoyable when it's cold, but the benefits can be amazing.

  • Healthy fat is great for the brain, and can boost mood. Make sure you're eating things like real butter, salmon, avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds...

  • Consider taking a vitamin D3 supplement. You can find a great vitamin D supplement on my online dispensary here. Everything on my dispensary is set for 10% off. A healthy liver and kidneys are important for vitamin D absorption. If you think you have an absorption issue, you can schedule an appointment with me and I can show you how to support proper function.

  • Your gut is known as your second brain, and supporting gut health often helps with mood. I'm a Digestive Health Specialist, and help each client determine where their digestive stressors are. Sometimes it's healing the gut lining, sometimes it's supporting the digestion of macros. It could also be the need for getting rid of "unwanted organisms". Whatever it is, I test each client and teach them how to heal those areas.

  • When I lived in Ireland (where it rains a LOT), I was intentional about listening to music daily to boost my mood. Pick songs that are positive and uplifting.

  • I use a full spectrum light every winter and love it! It's nicknamed "happy light" because it can really boost mood. In fact, since it can give energy, you should use it earlier in the day. Here is the one I love.

  • Reach out to friends. It's easy to want to hibernate during winter months, but we really need the support of friends.

I hope some of these things will be helpful or you. Be proactive. Being consistent with these things throughout winter months can help you avoid those winter blues.

Kelly Cullen is a Naturopath, Digestive Health Specialist and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She owns Pleasant Wellness in Mount Pleasant Michigan, where she works with clients of all ages with a wide range of health issues. You can schedule an appointment here:

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