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Holiday Blues

Question

Why do I sometimes feel depressed during the holidays? How can I offset holiday blues?

Answer

Maharishi Ayurveda looks at emotional responses in the context of life as a whole: mind, body, behavior and environment. And it recognizes that emotional responses are often exacerbated by such controllable areas of life as diet and routine. If something sad has happened in your life, that fact often can't be changed. But it is very possible to decrease its negative influence on you, by bringing your physiology into balance.

Depression is often a sign of Kapha imbalance, and one way to address it is through variety. If the holidays make you feel depressed, plan ahead of time to stay busy. Make a conscious effort to be more active and to seek out stimulating activities.

Also, don't overeat. Favor foods that pacify Kapha dosha-foods that are light, dry and warm and have a pungent, astringent or bitter taste. Avoid excessive amounts of sweet, sour or salty foods.

Regular exercise is helpful. Take a brisk walk in the fresh air, especially in the early morning, to clear your mind and recharge your body.The Blissful Joy tablets can help uplift your emotions.


Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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