by Sandy Lutrin, ND
Even though ’tis the season to be jolly, many of us feel far from happy during this holiday season. Seasonal affective disorder is very common in the northern hemisphere and has been linked to low levels of vitamin D3. A simple blood test can tell you what your level is and if it is low, you might consider coming in for a vitamin D injection which would certainly give you a boost. Otherwise, take your vitamin D3 supplement every day and go for a walk in our Californian sunshine as often as possible.
Year end deadlines, plus the frenzy of shopping and entertaining can cause a lot of personal stress. If this is the case with you, a tincture containing adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwaganda, can take the edge off and help you cope with all that has to be done.
Some of us may feel sad because we are alone and we feel separated from everyone else having a good time. Volunteering is an excellent cure for this. If you have lost a loved one in recent months and this is the first holiday without them, sharing these feelings with friends and family can ease the pain. Being present with our feelings and honoring them by doing something like visiting the Grace Cathedral and walking the labyrinth, no matter what religion you are, can be very healing.
Expressing your feelings in the written form is known to be helpful. Keep a journal. Try to find something to be thankful for. If, however, you need to be heard, please send me a message and I will listen.