Showing posts from January, 2018

5 Natural Ways to Treat Anxiety and Depression: The Vermont Family Doctor Says, Issue # 1

It's January, and for those of us in the northern hemisphere, that means short days and grey skies ,  especially if you live in Vermont, which I (thankfully) do. Short days and grey skies, in turn, have a deleterious effect on mood -- a nd that means for everybody, not just the approximately 1/3 of people at northern latitudes who meet the criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It se ems timely, then , to w rite a post about the best ways to boost mood without medication. 1) Get your ass moving : I could write an entire  thesis on the mood effects of  E xercise  (fortunatel y for your mo od   I won't ) but it would take too lo n g and I want  to go hiking  later this morn ing.  Suffice it to say that exercise causes  your body to release endorphins, a chemical that  has the effect of reducing stress, boosting mood, and decreasing the perception of pain. The be st part about endorp hins  is that, unlike morphi ne  to which endo rp hins are related, they don't eng