5 Fast Mood Boosters to Fight Anxiety and the Winter Blues

Fight Winter Anxiety

Yep, it’s February. If anecdotal evidence is to be believed, this is America’s least-favorite month. And for much of the country, this February – and this winter in general — has been brutal. Much of the U.S. hasn’t seen temperatures above freezing in more than a month; regions that typically bundle up in 50-degree weather have found themselves blanketed in snow and ice; and even the folks in sunny California are fearing the consequences of the state’s worst drought in modern history. As a nation, we could use some cheering up.

Between the short daylight hours, the cold, and the snow, this is the time of year that people are most prone to falling into a rut, viewing the events in their days as drudgery they must endure, rather than making the most of their time. It’s easy to forget that peace and contentment can be found through simple measures.

Because of this, it seems to me that February is a good time to take stock of all the little ways you can find happiness in the moment. The point of these quick mood boosters isn’t that these are things you’ve never thought to do before, but rather that when done mindfully, the impact these steps can have on your mood is not insignificant.
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4 Foods to Avoid That Can Increase Your Anxiety

4 Foods to Avoid That Can Increase Your Anxiety
By now you probably know that the state of the standard American diet is a sad one, and that most people in this country do not eat the way they should.  Eating a proper diet has become more of a challenge than ever – it seems that at every turn, we face the aggressive marketing of highly processed “foods” that are virtually unrecognizable compared to their “real” counterparts (think the chicken McNugget versus grilled chicken breast).

If you follow this blog, you know that a balanced, nutrient-rich diet is a huge component of controlling anxiety. The bottom line is that we all know we need to change the way we eat; but for most of us, our diet isn’t going to change overnight. The vast majority have to implement changes slowly, making a point to add in new, healthful foods while gradually cutting out others. If you’re seeking to make an impact on your anxiety by changing your diet, you may want to start by first eliminating these four foods that aggravate anxiety.

 

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5 Tips for Helping a Loved One Cope With Anxiety

5 Tips for Helping  a Loved One Cope With Anxiety

 

Last week we talked about how to talk to your loved ones about anxiety, which can be quite intimidating for anxiety sufferers. But what if you’re on the other end of this conversation? It can be very difficult when you have a friend or family member who suffers from anxiety. You might be unsure of what to say or how to act. Perhaps you worry that you’ll end up doing more harm than good.

You may even feel helpless knowing that your loved one is in pain and you can’t do anything to change it. But the reality is that anxiety sufferers often feel misunderstood and isolated, and by simply being a supportive, non-judgmental presence in your loved one’s life, you can make a huge difference. Here are a few important tips for helping a loved one cope with anxiety.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety

Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety

Over the past several years, we’ve seen the popularity of natural and herbal remedies steadily rise, coinciding with the explosion of demand for organic foods and natural household and personal-care products. Consumers have come to a greater understanding of the unwelcome side effects and dangerous properties of many common products, and many lack trust in ingredients that we are commonly told are safe. This phenomenon has led even those who’ve traditionally placed their faith in modern science and medicine to seek natural alternatives for conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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