November always seems to be a 'blah' month for most of us. In practice, this is when I see people's moods seem to dip. It could be the shortened days, the colder weather, the drizzle filled days, or it could be vitamin deficiencies. Here are my tips to helping your mood weather the month of November!
1) Get enough Vitamin D
Canadians are usually quite deficient in this vitamin, especially in the darker, colder months. The only way to determine your deficiency is through a blood test, but dosing around 4000IU/day will not only improve immune system but also help stabilize mood and symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
2) Engage with other people
Loneliness not only a state that involves low mood, but it ranks up there with smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity in terms of its negative effects on your health. During a season that most of us retreat to the warm comfort of our couches - I want to challenge you to stay involved in socializing with other (not on your phone!).
3) Decrease alcohol consumption (sorry!)
Alcohol is a depressant. It has the great ability to make enjoying it more fun but the horrible ability of creating sadness and low mood the following morning. If you are someone who's mood drops this time of year, consider cutting down/out this downer.
4) Check your Iron levels (especially women)
This is important since low iron/ferritin levels can cause brain fog, low energy, lethargy and low mood. If you are someone who experiences any of these it is worth having a blood test to see if you are iron deficient (anemic). This is easily correctable with a supplement (and Liver and gut support too!).
5) Use mood balancing herbs
This is where I can be of assistance to help you elevate and steady your mood. In practice I use herbs such as St. John's Wort, GABA, Ashwagandha, Reishi, Tilia Tomentosa, Ficus Carica and Olea Europa. All of these have strong effects on the nervous system and neurological balancing. Contact me if you feel like your mood could use some support this time of year.
Reach out if you struggle this time of year. It is common and can be supported!
Wishing you a happy November!