“When you're feeling down, help someone else, volunteer, and give (time, talents, energy).
It's harder to be sad when you are serving!”
The holidays are supposed to be a happy time. However, some of our friends and neighbors are dealing with more than we realize. There are sicknesses, hurts, sadness, and depression. A sermon I heard this week mentions the pain some feel during this time. That reminds me to pray for the hurting people in the world, especially to remember to stop my celebrating long enough to look beyond myself to others around me.
It’s no fair feeling down during a season of joy, but it’s a reality for some of us. If you find yourself getting this way, try some of the precautions mentioned in “Is Your Food Stressing You Out?” Dr. Eric Slead and Dr. Justin Moseley point out some deficiencies that are most likely part of the cause:
- Increase your protein intake. “Protein-rich foods contain… alertness chemicals… like beans, chicken, and lean grass-fed beef.”
- Increase your Vitamin D3 intake, because “Vitamin D levels are very low in those who suffer from depression and heart disease.” The reason for a Vitamin D3 supplement is “Vitamin D levels are linked to melatonin levels. Melatonin is secreted as we sleep normally and increases during seasonal changes in daylight. Melatonin increases appetite, decreases alertness, and affects mood.”
- Increase your Essential Fatty Acids, such as your omegas. “Proper balance of these fatty acids matters for both physical and mental health. The deficit of omega-3 fatty acids is linked to depression.” Kimberly Roberto adds, “Perfect Ratio Omega improves brain function, helps fight depression, stabilizes blood sugar, and lowers blood pressure.”
- Increase your number of chiropractic adjustments. “The physiological impact, the relief of nerve stress, and the subsequent relaxation of muscles and associated organs makes a Chiropractic adjustment not only a great way to reduce stress short term, but long term allows your body to live in a state of health.”
Granted, this looks like I’m belittling the severity of these feelings. Please understand I am not.
The truth is…
For some of us, it’s more than just a mood. There are people dealing with a more serious issue, namely depression. Mark Hyman, MD states in his article Why Antidepressants Don't Work for Treating Depression, “Depression is among the most common problems seen in primary-care medicine and soon will be the second leading cause of disability in this country. ” He adds some items to the above deficiencies list to treat depression without drugs:
- Decrease inflammatories in your diet.
- Be aware of thyroid issues (Ask your chiropractor how hypothyroidism can be handled through a change in lifestyle.)
- Increase the right B vitamins!
- Watch for toxicity, specifically mercury.
Want more information to fight depression? Watch the archived "Depression Revealed" Webinar with Gwen Olsen. She is a former drug rep, who speaks out with shocking statistics about depression.
I hope this is helpful for you and your loved ones, who might be fighting emotional darkness this Christmas. I’ll be praying for you and for all those who feel there is no way out. Look to the Lord. Talk to Him. He’ll listen and love you at all times.
Praise the LORD,…
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion