Thursday, December 2, 2010

Do Something!

"Beat the Blues" Tip #2- Do Something!!

Here are a few ways:

* Exercise! Why? There are endorphins released in our bodies that can literally lift your mood when you exercise. Not only that, but going for a walk/run, bike riding/cycling, yoga...anything that gets your heart rate up and gets your body moving, is great for your overall physical health. Many people tend to gain a few pounds over the holidays with all of the yummy meals and desserts at parties. This is a great way to prevent the weight gain {although it's probably best to enjoy your treats in moderation in the first place}. As I said in my previous post {on beating the blues} there's something for everyone. Some may have limits to how much physical activity is healthy for their bodies, such as injuries or chronic illness. If this applies to you, try stretching. At the end of the day I like to roll out my yoga mat and stretch my entire body while letting my nails dry, watching a movie, talking on the {speaker} phone, etc. There's a lot you can do while you're stretching!
Brian Stevenson Photography ~ Me

* Do something EVERY day. Let me explain. Choose a specific ritual {be sure it's realistic & attainable} and be sure to do it every single day. This was suggested to me over a year ago, and I loved it. My example is making your bed. This is enough of a challenge that after a few months you feel really good about yourself for keeping it up, but it is not as difficult as something like going for a run. That's not as attainable. I did this for a whole year, and it was really cool. {I fell off the wagon during moving, but I'm trying to get back into it} Even on a sick day, I would make my bed in the morning before getting back into it. It feels good to begin the day doing something productive. Any other ideas for this one??

* Spend time with people. Basically, don't isolate yourself. I am sooo guilty of this one! When I'm feeling crummy I just don't answer my phone, don't make plans, cancel plans, etc. It is so unhealthy, but also sometimes the natural thing to do when you're feeling down. I challenge myself to make plans anyway, and I rarely regret it! If making plans isn't something you feel you can do, choose a friend or two that you feel comfortable with venting to when you're having a rough time. Then pick up the phone and let them know you need some love! Gosh, I just don't know what I would do without those special people in my life!

* Vitamins! Obviously, check with your dr. about what your body needs, but eating a well balanced diet, and taking vitamin supplements is very important! Also, have you had your Vitamin D checked recently? Vitamin D can really affect your mood. This part is especially important if you have darker skin, or if you live in a region that doesn't get much sunlight. I am African American, and I live in the rainy NW, so taking my D is really important! I had my levels checked last year to get a baseline. Ask your medical provider for recommendations on this.

* Hobby. Do something you love. Something I enjoy about hobbies is that they tend do produce something you're proud of. Some examples are; scrap booking, photography, crafts, sewing, painting, or knitting-my personal favorite!

* Show some love. Do something to serve others. Send a card to a friend as a simple reminder you love them. Donate time, items, or money to a charity or cause that you're passionate about. This one could go many different ways, but the point of it is that it simply feels good to serve others {in my opinion}!!

{Let me know if you have other ideas!}

Beat those Blues!!

*** this post does not replace the advice of medical professionals. If you are currently receiving medical treatment for clinical depression, do not alter your treatment plan without first consulting your medical provider. If you suspect you may be suffering from clinical depression, please seek a medical professional. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, call 911 or seek medical treatment immediately.***

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