BY: Dr. Liz Walker
My 5 Top Tips to Beat the Winter Blues by a Missoula Chiropractor

It seems that most people are in the I LOVE winter camp or hunker down until the sun shines again camp. This post is not for the I love winter camp. It’s for those who struggle to get through the darker colder months, identify with S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) and those that just generally drag through this part of the year.

1. Light Therapy

Natural light stimulates the production of hormones that help to regulate our energy levels. By getting natural light in your eyes in the morning the hormone cortisol is released to wake us up. During the day, exposure to natural light stimulates serotonin and cortisol to improve focus, mood and overall alertness. As the day winds down and the light fades, the hormone melatonin spikes to create drowsiness and help us sleep. Exposure to artificial light in the evening may suppress melatonin and effect sleep. Red light therapy (RLT) can also be very powerful in helping create restful and restorative sleep. The wavelength of red light helps to promote relaxation, decreases inflammation, improves mood and helping to regulate the sleep wake cycle. Check out this blog for more about red light therapy

2. Regular Exercise

Movement is a powerful mood enhancer and stress reliever. By engaging in regular exercise the body releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural mood boosters! Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can move your body outside, although indoor workouts are just as good. Taking a class at the gym, home exercises and dancing are all great options!

3. Mindfulness

Practices such as yoga, meditation, and deep-breathing exercises can help to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. These activities contribute to a positive mindset and can be done indoors, creating a cozy and calming atmosphere during winter.

4. Social Engagement

Crucial especially in the winter months as we tend to retreat to less activites outside the home. Sharing activities and time with loved ones can provide support during the winter months. Trying a new activity, playing board games or learning a new skill are all great things to do with friends or family!

5. Chiropractic care + Immune boosting therapy

You may have never heard that chiropractic care can boost the immune system. This study says it not only boosts it, but those people under care have a 200% greater capacity within the immune system! Coupling that with an immune boost vitamin shot that includes:

Zinc: is Essential for cell function and helps to regulate immune responses.

B vitamins:Help the body convert food into energy, which is essential for immune cell function.

Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage and supports the production of white blood cells

Glutathione: A powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and protects cells from damage.

Your body is sure to thank you for the extra support!

BONUS: Nutrition

A well balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Being intentional about getting omega 3 from flaxseed, fish and walnuts can help to boost your mood. Consulting with a holistic practitioner to help you find exactly what your body needs can be a powerful way to avoid the blues.

We are excited to offer a Winter Special - Adjustment + Immunity Boost for $85 (value $115). Don’t wait until the winter blues creep up on you and take the proactive step this season. Your body will thank you for it!

At Primal Practice we are delighted to serve the Missoula community through Chiropractic and Naturopathic services. We are committed to honoring the innate wisdom of the body and working with the whole person who sits before us in our office. We can’t wait to meet you. Use the book now button below to schedule an appointment today!

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