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--and that means for everybody, not just the approximately 1/3 of people at northern latitudes who meet the criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It seems timely, then, to write 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 Exercise (fortunately for your moodI won't) but it would take too long and I want to go hiking later this morning. 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 best part about endorphins is that, unlike morphine to which endorphins are related, they don't engender addiction or habituation. Hot Damn!! …