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Chase the Winter Blues Away - Naturally

by Laura Norman

With holiday celebrations fading into memory, we are moving into the time of year I think of as “deep winter.”  

If you like winter weather, this time can have a special beauty all its own. It’s an ideal time for inner work–taking stock, making plans, reflecting on the year just ended, and contemplating the year ahead. Now is a great time to pursue indoor hobbies and spend more time with family. If you enjoy winter sports, this is your season!

But for some, deep winter can be a challenge. Severe winter weather may keep us indoors and make favorite activities difficult or impossible. And it’s dark. We tell ourselves that the days are slowly getting longer--but it can seem like the dark, cold days and long nights will go on forever. All of these conditions can contribute to getting "the blues," or even experiencing seasonal depression (SAD)—and make it harder to shake them.

Symptoms of “the blues” can include low energy, moodiness, difficulty sleeping. Signs that you may have moved beyond the blues into depression include feelings of profound sadness, worthlessness and/or the feeling that you are unable to "climb back out." If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of depression, counseling and, in some cases, medication can help.

Here are some other ways that can help you feel better:
- get sunlight and regular exercise. They hold the power to lift your spirits.
- eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables and lean protein to maintain balance
- drink alcohol in moderation and drink lots of water as well
- develop regular sleep habits that support your body's natural rhythm
- appreciate all of the people, places and things that bring you joy
- take time to relax–meditate, do yoga, have a massage or reflexology session

“The seeds of depression cannot take root in a grateful heart.” – Andy Andrews

Reflexology is the art of applying gentle pressure to “reflex points” on the hands, face, ears and feet to balance all your organs, glands, and every part of your body. There are almost 15,000 nerves in the feet alone, one reason why reflexology is so pleasurable, profoundly relaxing and therapeutic. 

Reflexology sessions include techniques to calm the nervous system, help eliminate toxins and encourage the release of endorphins, natural "feel-good" hormones. Many people with allergies, acid reflux, migraines, PMS, menopause, insomnia, fertility challenges, fibromyalgia, as well as depression and many other conditions report significant relief and improvement after their sessions.

Because reflexology transports the recipient into a state of deep relaxation, where he or she is open to suggestion, it's also a wonderful time to use visualizations of light and warmth—maybe a day at the beach—or affirmations such as “Happiness moves through me like a river of love.” 

You deserve to feel great, whatever the season. Take action now to help yourself and your loved ones and give your spirits a lift.

Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, world-renowned Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology, offers private Reflexology and Life Wellness Coaching sessions and Holistic Reflexology Training Programs in South Florida and New York City. See our ad in this issue for upcoming classes beginning February 7th.Laura has created Aromatherapy products and step-by-step Foot, Hand and Face Reflexology Home Study DVDs and offers beautiful gift certificates for all occasions. Visit www.lauranorman.com • Call 212-532-4404

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