For many of us, maybe most of us, our moods are significantly impacted by the weather - when it is cold and dark we feel sad-er, when the sun shines we feel better. We are in the midst of winter storms, and the chaos the weather and the cold dark days can do a number on our moods. Here is a great article on how to combat SAD - seasonal affective disorder. Back to basics: get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise, and a few interesting extras like light therapy.
Gut bacteria may have impact on mental health. Research opens door to possible treatments for depression based on probiotics
Microbes that set up home in the gut may have an impact on mental health, according to a major study into wellbeing and the bacteria that live inside us.
Researchers in Belgium found that people with depression had consistently low levels of bacteria known as Coprococcus and Dialister whether they took antidepressants or not.
If the preliminary finding stands up to further scrutiny, it could pave the way for new treatments for mental health disorders based on probiotics that boost levels of “good” bacteria in the intestines.
The holiday season is upon us and with it the rush to buy gifts, plan visits, prep meals and wrap presents. The kids are ‘high-as-kites’, and yet for many of us Christmas brings a mixture of joys and sorrows.