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Seasonal Affective Disorder | Make Your Winter Healthier, Happier

Today’s post is a guest post by Mary Thomsen. Mary writes about just about any topic, having spent 20-plus years as a community newspaper reporter, editor and owner. She also does freelance writing for blogs and has a particular interest in human interest stories and those promoting general well being.

Feeling Down and Sad In Winter? 4 Actions That Relieve Sad Affective Disorder

When cold winds blow and lights come on in late afternoon, it’s natural to feel sad about the end of summer. If you can’t shake the blahs for more than one season, however, you might suffer from seasonal affective disorder, often called S.A.D. or SAD.

Doctors have no test to diagnose this sad affective disorder, but you can act to decide if you have it and find your way out of the depression it causes. Research first pointed to the disorder in 1984, leading to the birth of light therapy, championed by Norman Rosenthal. Subsequent studies suggest there is more to curing SAD than following the light.

Action requires some detective work and lifestyle changes to beat SAD, which affects more women than men and hits especially hard in northern climates with short winter days.

Action No. 1: Determine If It’s Really SAD

If sad depression sets in as summer ends and the pattern continues more than a year or two, the feelings may be linked to winter. Symptoms, including feeling sad, mimic depression: fatigue, unhappiness, irritability and inability to focus on tasks. People with SAD typically sleep more and may eat too many starchy foods, leading to extra pounds.

If changes in behavior and mood truly wax in fall and winter and wane in spring and summer, it’s time to seek help. Ignoring this disorder may trigger a true depression with lasting physical and mental health effects.

Action No. 2–Breathe Better Air

Look to the air we breathe when deciding how to treat SAD. Everyone needs air, but the simple act of buttoning up the house for winter traps dirt and other contaminants inside, where we all spend much time. Getting the junk out of the air can help relieve the symptoms of the disorder, researchers are finding.

  • Using an air purifier leads to a more healthful indoor environment, which can help stop SAD in its tracks. Here are some ways to start:
  • Take control of the air: A first step is to look for good air purifiers to start the process off right.
  • Do the research: Read reviews to learn about recommended air purifiers to decide which one will give the most benefits.

Action No. 3: Get Into the Light

Light therapy has the longest history of any treatment for the symptoms of SAD. It works on the theory that human bodies follow a 24-hour circadian rhythm that requires adequate light exposure to keep us on an even keel.

Some tips to let light help:

  • Get treated with fluorescent light: Light therapy involves using a 10,000-lux fluorescent light for 30 minutes each day. Alternative lights offer half the power, but require the person to sit under it for 60 minutes.
  • Follow the directions: If you buy a special light to help treat SAD, follow the directions that come in the package for length of exposure, time of day to use it and how far to sit from it.

Action No. 4: Eat Better and Move More

Everyone needs a good diet and enough exercise to feel well, but those suffering from depression, including SAD, require it even more. Staying active and eating right can boost mood and help fight symptoms of the seasonal blues.

Some tips for staying healthy:

  • Spend at least 15 minutes outdoors each day, even in the winter, to allow your body to absorb the vitamin D in sunlight, which can greatly boost well-being and emotions.
  • Make sure your diet includes enough vitamin D, especially if you live in the north, where sun exposure is lacking.
  • Keep active and eat a nutritious diet.

Following these lifestyle and health changes and understanding the dynamics of SAD can help those who suffer every winter find a better quality of life. Remember, the better you breathe, move, eat and enjoy the light, the happier and healthier your winters can become.

Mary Thomsen writes about just about any topic, having spent 20-plus years as a community newspaper reporter, editor and owner. She also does freelance writing for blogs and has a particular interest in human interest stories and those promoting general well being.

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

Starting January 18th!

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

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All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

To turn the world on its head and dance on top of it,

And who are ready to do just that.

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