6 Natural Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder
Luckily, Mother Nature blessed our fellow SAD victims with an array of delicious herbs to nurture them through this gloomy season. Here is a list of herbs that are aimed to target some of the behavioral symptoms associated with SAD.
Down in the dumps? Say hello to saffron. You might have used this spice in a Spanish paella dish at home, but it’s actually great for a nice little mood booster. Believe it or not, studies have actually shown that it can act similar to medications used for Major Depressive Disorder.
If your spirits are down, it’s time to lift them up with sage. Aside from the lovely smell of this kitchen herb, studies have shown that it can improve mood, cognitive performance and memory. Depending on how much sage you consume, it can also help to reduce anxiety, increase alertness and increase calmness. This is perfect for those who deal with a plethora of symptoms rather than just one.
3. Matcha Green Tea
Shake off that afternoon slump with some good ol’ fashioned matcha green tea. If coffee gives you unwanted jitters, sip on this herb for an energy boost without the crash. While you’re enjoying this gloriously green drink, you’re also treating your body to some fabulous health benefits. Cheers!
4. Ginger Root
You’ll slowly accept that everything will be okay after sipping on ginger root. Holistic medical practitioners stand by their belief that this earthy gift is a perfect tool for depression and anxiety, so why not give it a shot? Ignore the eerie morning skies and make yourself a hot cup of ginger tea to get the positive vibes flowin’.
If you wake up believing that the world is over, I’m here to tell you that it’s not. Don’t believe me? Have some turmeric and let’s talk. This yellowish, orange-y spice can be easily added into your diet, either through concentrated capsules and supplements or as an exotic touch to your meals (it’s most popularly used in Indian dishes). This pretty but powerful remedy can help with anything from inflammatory problems to Alzheimer’s Disease, and even major depression. Happiness is just a sprinkle away, my friend.
6. Chamomille Tea
If your anxiety has drawn out to the end of the day and you can’t seem to count your sheep, turn to chamomille tea for some sweet moonlight magic. Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea before going to bed can have a sedative affect on those who have anxiety disorders, and it can also help to soothe an upset stomach and sore throat. Try drinking a cup of this with a dollop of honey and enjoy!
What are your SAD cures? Let us know in the comments below!
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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