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January 14, 2008

09 Jan
Well, it’s that time of year again, when depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can set in and stick like glue. Here are some simple but effective suggestions for what you can do:
Well, it’s that time of year again, when depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can set in and stick like glue. Here are some simple but important suggestions for what you can do:
  • Make yourself get up in the morning. Sleeping late feeds most forms of depression!

  • Reduce your intake of sugar, caffeine and booze.

  • Move! Exercise helps! You won’t feel like it if you’re depressed, but make it an act of will to get on that treadmill.

  • Try those special seasonal depression lights, a half-hour a day in the morning, during sun-deprived seasons.

  • Ask for support from those who can give it and avoid those who can’t.

  • Talk nicely to yourself and interrupt negative self-talk.

  • Keep a schedule, stay active, even if you don’t feel like it.

  • Try some holistic tools, starting with guided imagery, but also music, meditation, breathwork, yoga, massage, Reiki, Qigong, acupressure and much more.

  • Don’t be a snob about medication. There are some excellent, non-addictive, new drugs that can jump-start your recovery

  • Counseling with a good therapist can be a big help and will also take the load off your loved ones and colleagues.

And, in keeping with these suggestions, Cindy and the team in Akron have put together a terrific Beat the Blues Pack, that combines imagery, breathwork, yoga and mindfulness meditation to send debilitating depression on its way. The pack consists of:

  • Combat Depression

  • by yours truly

  • Breathe to Beat the Blues

  • by Amy Weintraub

  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation

  • by Jon Kabat-Zinn

I kid you not, this is an inspired combo, deeply discounted* and designed to heal the 3 signature symptoms of depression: low self-regard, stifled energy and lost perspective.* The imagery works on a psychological level to reboot self-love, kick loose buried energy and provide a broader perspective; Amy Weintraub’s 12 breathing exercises release life force with a potent, physical approach that positively impacts everything else. And the mindfulness meditation, led by master teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, promotes energized, calm perspective like little else.

*A special value at nearly $20 off the regular price.

And on another note, do keep in mind that Carol Ginandes’ long-awaited Relieve Allergies is now in the warehouse.

Cindy has also asked me to tell you that we’ve switched our shipping to UPS, mainly because with them, when you enter your email address, you automatically get a tracking number when your order is shipped. We think that’s a convenient option you ought to have.

OK, take care and be well!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award