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#2 - HOW CAN I MANAGE MY MOODS NATURALLY?

  • If you sometimes struggle with feeling low, depressed, anxious, or fatigued, then it may help to consider these nutritional/lifestyle tips:
    • 1.
      Hold off on the caffeine (including 'energy' drinks), alcohol, and cigarettes - substances that either stimulate or depress the nervous system are best minimised or avoided
    • 2.
      Ensure you are getting 7-8 hrs of good quality sleep/night. Melatonin, tryptophan, magnolia and zizyphus, chamomile, lemon balm, and magnesium may be helpful
    • 3.
      Manage life stress - chronic stress can effect the way your thyroid and adrenals work, and then wreak havoc with your hormones. Counselling, exercise, and meditation have the backing of research on this one
    • 4.
      • Discuss your medications with your pharmacist, GP, or Naturopath as some may have side effects such as depression, fatigue, lowered libido etc
    • 5.
      Check for hormonal imbalances - oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, TSH, free T3, and free T4 (thyroid function), should be tested
    • 6.
      There may be nutritional deficiencies associated with diet (eg highly refined foods, lack of protein, hypo or hyperglycaemia), medications (eg The Pill), and lifestyle (eg stress, alcohol intake). Deficiencies in certain nutrients can cause an imbalance of brain neurotransmitters - this can lead to mood disorders, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, and lack of motivation
  • Help and support to understand and move through a mood disorder is available at the practice. Deena Thompson (Counsellor and Psychotherapist), often co-manages cases with me at the practice. All appointments with us are private and confidential, and we provide a safe, comfortable and positive environment to discuss your concerns.

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