People craft– Getting along with yourself

If you’re in an emotional slump, I’ve got five ways to beat the blues.  1). Pop a multi in the morning.  A nutrient deficiency can tripple your risk of depression.  Our bodies need dozens of different vitamins and minerals to build regulating hormones.  Thet the most out of a mult by taking it at breakfast because studies show your ability to absorb and metabolize nutrients is at its peak. 2). Sip cocoa which contains theobromine and phenylethylamine, plant compounds that raise your body’s production of mood-elevating compounds. 3). Pretend you’re happy.  Telling a joke or forcing a laugh triggers biochemical changes in the brain that boosts happiness. A smile that is faked increases brain levels of the antidepressant hormone serotonin in four out of ten people.  4) Soak away a bad mood by taking a bath.  It eases day-to-day feelings of stress, sadness, and tension.  5). Dance your way to happy.  Adults who took salsa dancing classes for nine weeks scored 67% lower on a test that measured depression after completing classes. ‘

Salsa Sketch for Salsa Dancing Style

10 thoughts on “People craft– Getting along with yourself

  1. Friends, if the blues linger, experts suggest that we seek help. You will know if these systems last for at least two weeks: feeling sad, empty, or anxious; feeling hopeless or pessimistic; loss of interest in usual activities including sex; trouble sleeping or staying awake; changes in appetite (weight gain or loss); suicidal thoughts; irritability and restlessness.

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Shakespear wrote about the Ides of March. I know it’s in the middle of the month, but many people are depressed after a long winter. Spring isn’t yet here. In many areas people are housebound.

  3. Janessa Breckenridge

    For one thing, many people who suffer from hay fever and asthma can’t breath when pollen comes out in March. When I can’t breath, my stress level goes up.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Certainly true, Janessa. Plus, any kind of mental distress impedes your ability to manage the disease well, whether it’s asthma, diabetes or something else. It’s a vicious circle.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Melinda, most of us do I think. I try to exercise more when I’m stressed. The day before yesterday one of my daughters was having problems with one of her classes, and I took it to heart. According to my husband, that night I was flipping around like a fish out of water. Yesterday, I went swimming even though my schedule was very busy. I felt better emotionally and didn’t disturb his sleep because I felt at peace. I couldn’t do anything about our daughter’s problem anyway.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    Janessa, I can pick you up on Mondays (6:45 because it starts at 7) except that we are skipping next week because it’s St John Neumann’s birthday party. It’s a very relaxed group since we are not inflexible overly religious types. On Tuesdays at 11 am, a group of us meet at Tully’s Coffee and then walk around North Lake together. Maybe you’d like to do that, too.

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