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Women tend to suffer from low moods more than men – with almost 75% of women saying that they often feel low or unhappy compared to 55% of men.
Low mood is an emotion many people have experienced. It can come about for no apparent reason – we just wake up in the morning and feel a bit down or sad. Other times, there are identifiable reasons for you feeling the way you do. This is just part of the normal fluctuations of emotions which we experience.
What are the symptoms of low mood?
Typical symptoms of low mood include:
- Low self esteem
Low mood tends to improve by resolving any issues that may be a concern, getting enough sleep, talking through problems and taking positive action.
If low mood continues without improvement, it can be a sign of depression.
What to do?
- Go for a walk
- Talk to a friend
- Break the monotony of your mood and thinking patterns by doing something different
- Live the moment. Don't anticipate!
- Get sufficient sleep. If sleeping is a problem, take natural sleeping remedies, practice meditation and use relaxation techniques to help you calm down before bed
If you find that these things don’t work and you continue to feel 'blues' for two weeks or longer, you may be heading into a depressive episode.
Nature to the Rescue
Rhodiola, the adaptogen herb
The adaptogen herb should stimulate the underaroused and calm the agitated; not an easy task for any medicine. Preparations usually energize or calm - but not both. Rhodiola has the ability to increase resistance to a variety of stresses - chemical, biological and physical. Its effects are attributed mainly to its capacity to influence the levels and activity of critical neurotransmitters: serotonin (controls mood, emotion, sleep, appetite); dopamine (important role in behavior, movement control, sleep, mood and attention); and norepinephrine (affects parts of the brain where attention and response actions are controlled - it partially determines the “fight-or-flight response”).
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort has a positive effect on blues and mood swings. It also acts on the nervousness that can lead to depression. St John's Wort is not suitable to be taken with other medication. Please consult label before use.
To make up for the loss of nutrients, try a supplement rich in vitamin B that has a positive and nourishing effect on the nervous system, such as Bio-Strath.
When to consult your physician
If you are taking tranquillizers, sedatives or antidepressants, it isn't wise to take herbs that have similar effects as well. If you feel your medication isn't working, consult your physician and either change medications or simply try a natural product instead.
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