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"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be
honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to
be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when
things go wrong."-- Laura Ingalls Wider, Quotable Women
Welcome to this week’s “Fast” issue of Healthy
Yes the “Fast” is approaching once again this
year, and I
will be participating from 2-20 March as I do each year.
The Fast is such a bounty to partake of. You can read a
little more about some of the benefits of fasting at my
27 February 2006 Healthy Servings blog here:
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happy Ayyam-i-Ha (gift giving season) and that your Fast
only lasts 19 days :) –
March 21 will be here before you know
Oh…one more thing…since I will be focusing on
things of the
spirit during the Fast, this newsletter should resume
publication the first Sunday after the Naw-Ruz (New Year’s)
celebration held on 21 March.
Til next time
Remember, to seek health in order to serve better
Your Partner in Health,
Beating the Down-and-Out Blues with A
It just came out of no where. Hit you like a ton
bricks. And now you’re feeling blue.
Is it because the sun didn’t bother to come out
Was it that small mistake you made at work that
seems to be blowing out of proportion?
Maybe its just been so long since you have had a
vacation…you know, a chance to relax, kick back and just
get intimate with the sunshine and the sauna and the
Jacuzzi….or the mountains or the trails or the overdue
Whatever it is that has got you down, know that
can come on us at any time of the year.
Sometimes holidays are the culprit, bringing on
memories of happier, easier times.
Sometimes it is just too much stress that triggers that
down-in-the-dumps feeling. And sometimes it’s just nothing
at all…or at least nothing that we can identify as the
Truth is … all of us experience depression at one
another in our lives. It is universal and the blues are
very much ingrained in our world. Music and movies are
legendary in handling this subject. But if the feelings
become too overwhelming, then talking to a friend and/or
seeking professional help may be the right course of
Recognizing the feelings and finding little ways
to nip it
in the bud before it gets out of hand is the key in the
case of mild depression. Here are some simple actions that
you can take to help:
1.Laughing is the best medicineis an old adage, but so
true. It is amazing how when you are depressed, just
laughing about something and releasing the stress, can
make you feel better. If you are having trouble finding
something to laugh about, maybe you can find some people
to have close that cheer you up, that you can call when
you feel bad, those who you know will let you apply
the "strength in numbers" theory. Invite a few good
friends over just to talk and have an appetizer and you
will see how much better you feel afterwards.
And if you do not have the energy to do all that,
might be easier for you just to go rent some comedy flicks
from the video store or watch your favorite sitcom on the
tube. Laughter is powerful medicine. Do what you have to
and get your fix.
2.Listening to musicis another
way to overcome
depression. If you can just relax and let the type of
music you love drift over you and enter your senses, you
will find that you start to feel better. Even as babies in
the womb, we respond to music. If you find you want to get
up and dance, there is nothing wrong with that - even
without a partner! Just move to the beat and let all your
stress flow from your head to your toes.
3.Do some workand you will find
you feel less depressed.
There is something about a clean bathroom, living room, or
kitchen that gives most women a sense of pride and order
and joy. Men sometimes enjoy doing some of the same work
and experiencing the same attitudes. The point is you just
need to get out and do something that moves your body.
Maybe you can shoot hoops in the driveway, ride a bicycle
through the neighborhood and say "HI" to a few of your
neighbors. There is something to be said for just watching
a sunset and realizing how mighty the world is and how we
are just one small part of it. And if we are just a small
part of it, then how large could our problems be…really.
4.Do something for someone else.
Fulfilling a need that
someone else has will take your mind off of your self and
your problems. Volunteer to help out at your local church,
Unity Center or at an area hospital. Or just go visit
someone who may be home-bound and immobile. They will
appreciate the company and you will feel better about
yourself for being so thoughtful.
5.Make a list of all the things in your life that you
have to be grateful for. You will find that when you
change you state of mind to one of total gratitude for all
the wonderful things you have in your life, the world all
of a sudden looks a whole lot better.
Doing productive activities will always perk you
positively about your life and the things you have been
given and do not dwell on the problems. Take your dog for
a walk and relish in the animal's unending enjoyment at
seeing you and being with you. Sometimes simple
undemanding love is all we need to overcome the blues.
The last suggestion may sound unusual, but here
it is. EAT
ICE CREAM! Yes, just swirling that cold stuff around on
your tongue and all the different flavors can make you
feel good! The idea is to eat something that you totally
enjoy and see how hard it is to be depressed when you have
your favorite food and are enjoying it. The world just
seems a little better!
If you caught my Healthy Servings blog on health
(posted on 27 February), you already have the link to the
page that gives Proof that Ice Cream Therapy Works.
Of course, all the suggestions given above may
to everyone. But give them a try and who knows...maybe
they can help just a little. Keep this list handy and the
next time you are feeling a little down, find something
that triggers the best response to get you to feel happy
again. Be aware that when depression creeps in, you need
to take action and beat the depression back to the corner
where it belongs.
Here’s to your health, happiness and
Editor N Chief
The quickest way to beat depression: put a big grin on
your face for ten to 20 minutes, whether you are happy or
not. This method has been tested with clinically depressed
patients and works wonders.
Another method is to tilt your head back and look
the ceiling with a big grin on your face and try to be
depressed in this position.
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