Weekly Gems from Ronda Gates.
Regardless of you religious preference, your holiday season may be dotted with parties. I have long looked at decorations, house lights and gatherings with friends and family as a blessing and opportunity to keep the inevitable depression that can come with too short days. In the Pacific Northwest, where it can be gray for days at a time, it's even more important to keep our spirits up to avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder Syndrome (SADS). SADS is caused by the lack of full spectrum (sun)light during Fall and Winter months. The darker days signal the brain to overproduce the hibernation hormone, melatonin. Also, without sunlight, the brain doesn't produce enough serotonin, which results in the symptoms of depression. I've written about SADS in previous newsletters. If you want a review visit www.rondagates.com for newsletter archives.
But I digress. Parties often call for something to contribute to a pot luck. Here's seven suggestions that are quick to fix and sure to be a hit:
If you overdo it on calories at a party add another 2500 steps to your workout the next day. Walk up and down stairs instead of using elevators. Use a portable phone and move while you talk. Don't ride when you can walk. Make time for stress reduction that includes actively relaxing muscles which can tighten when there's a lot on your life plate! Put on a happy face. Count your blessings.
Enjoy the season.
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