Mood boosters

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Is it just me or does it feel like the one millionth day of lockdown? I know I am not the only one, it seems that we are all feeling the toll of the pandemic at the moment. We are all just burnt out. Right out.
I have been listening to ‘Carry On’ by CSNY the past few mornings and the lyrics have really resonated with me with what we find ourselves in and how we simply have to try our best to make it through – “Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on…”
So here are my tips for carrying on in this time of burnout:
This time of year is common for people to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder ‘SAD’. It usually creeps up in January with the lull after the holidays. People experience lower moods and feelings of hopelessness. Vitamin D has been proven to help with this. SAD is more common in people with vitamin D deficiencies. This is an easy supplementation and studies show levels should be well above the recommended daily allowance suggested of 1000IU/day. Seroyal makes a really easy liquid to just drop into your mouth or diet.
Herbs for resilience – There are some beautiful adaptogens out there that help the body cope and manage levels of stress. My favourites are Ashwagandha, Reishi and Rhodiola. These herbs and mushrooms help you build a resistance to stress an protect your physical body from the negative effects of stress. We carry many products that include these gems like Ashwagandha + Chill tea, Adreno Mend supplement, Reishi powder and tinctures. You can incorporate as a tea, pill or simple add-ins to your morning coffee and tea routines.
Schedule in socialization. These are lonely times. Many are at home alone and really feeling the toll of this pandemic. If this is you, make a date with family, friends or join a group through Facebook that is engaging in some sort of way. It is easy to burrow into ourselves but having a social engagement in your calendar will give you something to look forward to and give you a place to talk about your situation.
Introduce bone broth to your diet. This extremely nourishing liquid helps regenerate the body and provide many vitamins and nutrients that stress depletes in the body. There are tons of recipes and pre-made versions out there, so this is a quick and nutrient dense addition to give your body a needed boost.
Listen to good tunes in the morning. This has honestly put such a pep in my step. I forgot the power of music and enjoyment of moving your body to it. I have made a playlist on Spotify called Tunes for Burnout, so I invite you all to have a listen when you are getting ready in the morning! You can follow me at katehunter15.

Kate Hunter is a Naturopathic Doctor who practices in Creemore, and is the owner of The Creemore Apothecary wellness boutique.

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