Monthly Archives: December 2012

Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season

wreath2Around the Holiday season, people tend to get quite stressed out, which could lead to getting sick. This could be as a result of many things but, we will not go into those because, we want this blog to be positive! Here are a few ways to help manage or reduce the amount of stress you have during the Holidays.

  • STRESS FREE SHOPPING – YES! This is possible, believe it or not!!! The internet can sometimes be intimidating, but most sites now are very user friendly. I find shopping online is generally quite relaxing. Especially since you don’t have to wait in line and you can basically be at 5 different stores at the same time, cool, huh? The majority of the stores are very competitive, which means that you would typically get Free Shipping along with your purchase.  

If you would rather shop at a store, try to go early, for example, 5 minutes after they unlock the doors, will almost guarantee you first dibs on checkout.

Wrapping presents in the same day in which you buy them, will save you hours of frustration! Lastly, keep all receipts in case something goes wrong.

  • Make a list and set a budget – Making a list is a good way to organize yourself and check things off as you complete them. Setting a budget allows you to know what you can spend without having to constantly worry about if you’re spending too much.
  • Don’t feel obligated – Obviously you will have obligations but, remember that it is ok to say NO. Also, don’t feel like you need to attend every single Holiday event.
  • Ask for Help – You don’t have to be alone and do everything yourself. Many times, people will be happy you asked them for help because; it will make them feel needed as well.

These are just a few tips for having a stress free Holiday. Please remember to make sure you also get plenty of sleep and take some time to relax and watch a movie or just go for a walk. I hope everyone has a great Holiday!

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

Depressed Woman“People who have depression are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency because they stay indoors, don’t exercise too much, and are likely not eating a healthy diet.” The relationship between depression and vitamin D is likely a two-way street, says researcher Sonal Pathak, MD.

There are also vitamin D receptors in areas of the brain that help regulate behavior and emotion, she says. “It is not unusual for people with depression to be deficient in vitamin D and treating the deficiency may make a huge difference in how they feel”.

If you are being treated for depression, ask your doctor to test your vitamin D levels. “If you are deficient, get treated,” she says.

“People often feel better when they take vitamin D,” says Michael Holick, MD, PhD. He is the director of the Vitamin D, Skin, and Bone Research Lab at Boston University. “One of the effects that vitamin D has on the brain is to improve serotonin levels — which is the same chemical that many antidepressants act on.”

“This is an interesting study,” says Erin LeBlanc, MD. She is an endocrinologist and researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland. “It does show that vitamin D and its effects on things besides bone should be studied more.”