Beat the blues

One way to snap out of the blues is to adopt an holistic approach to your health, with some easy-to-implement lifestyle changes. Here are some suggestions from Brainworks Neuropathy.

Step outside for 10-15 minutes every day before 12pm, and in the evening, facing the rising or setting sun respectively. The main focus here is on allowing ample sunlight into your eyes. The sunlight influences the production and regulation of hormones in your body, such as serotonin, melatonin and cortisol, which play a critical role in mood and sleep patterns.

Grounding, also known as earthing, involves physically connecting with the Earth’s surface to absorb its natural, subtle electrical charge. Research indicates that grounding can reduce inflammation, help manage stress levels, and improve sleep patterns. Walk or stand barefoot on the ground (try the beach) for at least 20 minutes every day to see the benefits, or alternatively soak in hot springs.

Set a fixed bedtime for every night, put away your phone, turn off the lights, and gently close your eyes. This simple lifestyle adjustment is one of the most effective anti-stress habits, helping to ensure our body’s internal clock is in sync. This helps stabilise the production of crucial hormones, such as melatonin and cortisol.

Engaging in social activities, whether with friends, family, or support groups, can offer a sense of connection and belonging that acts as a potent antidote to feeling down, so get out and connect.


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