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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2:00 PM
 

Four holistic health treatments to melt away the winter bluesThe winter can be a tough time; temperatures seem to drop every day, darkness comes faster and faster, and as always, the roads are a nightmare. 

Many Canadians suffer from a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, a fitting acronym, right? SAD begins and ends at about the same time each year. It saps your energy, makes you grumpy, and can even cause depression for some.

Don't just brush this off as simply the case of the winter blues or a seasonal funk.  It is important to take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the tough winter months.

Use the following four tips to get out of that dreaded winter gloom:

1. Get Moving With Yoga

Yoga represents the fusion of the mind, body, and spirit through controlled actions.

Yoga is a form of meditation that allows you to relax, combat stress, and handle anxiety in a unique way. Controlled actions of a yoga session will calm the mind and nervous system through stretches, breathing and meditation techniques.

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2. Free your mind With Reiki

Reiki is an excellent way to use your body's natural ability to heal itself and obtain optimal health.

This practice originated over 4,000 years ago and remains popular to this day! Reiki's goal has a goal to treat you on a physical, mental, and emotional level.

3. Take a Day at the Spa

Take a spa day. One of the best ways to purge those winter blues is to take a day completely to you.

Spa/body wraps are an amazing holistic health treatment comprised of gentle mixtures of various types of clays, muds, salts, and essential oils. This practice can have a pronounced effect, from cleansing, detoxifying, stimulating, and most importantly, resulting in a relaxing feeling.

4. Release the Tension With Massage Therapy

A massage is an exceptional way to shut out the outside world, relax, and release your tensions.

Through manipulation of the soft tissues in the body, you can achieve balance and health. Many massage therapy approaches are an effective way of treating chronic muscular issues, circulatory concerns, and lymphatic systems.

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Several studies have proved that yoga, massage, and other treatment techniques are effective in addressing symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety caused by SAD.

For more information about these holistic health practices or to find more treatments that may help, read our Holistic Health Guide!