Got the Monday blues? Feeling a bit 'SAD'?

    - Today the most depressing day of the year -

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - A study conducted at the University of Cardiff
states that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the
year. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, people are sad.
    SAD is a more consistent and extreme form of the Winter Blues
characterized by fall and winter depressions, excessive sleeping, increased
appetite with carbohydrate cravings and weight gain, alternating with normal
moods and behaviour in the spring and summer.
    To calculate the date several factors were taken into consideration,
including: Weather conditions; Debt level; Time elapsed since Christmas;
Failing New Year's resolutions; Low motivational levels.
    So if you're feeling SAD today, here are some ideas from the folks at to help you turn your frown upside down:

    1. Exercise - Now that the cold snap has snapped, get outside at
       lunchtime and take a walk - you need to think in terms of a minimum of
       20 minutes outside each day.

    2. Sleep and relaxation - Make sure your sleeping patterns are consistent
       each day and that you're getting enough sleep.

    3. Follow an orthomolecular approach to health - Orthomolecular
       practitioners do this with the strategic use of diet and critical and
       essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutritional
       supplements which help to lower rates of depression.

       - 5-HTP is often prescribed by orthomolecular practitioners to help
         patients suffering from bouts of seasonal depression, along with
         other prescriptive dietary regimens

       - In addition Vitamin D-3 supplementation can also help combat mood
         disturbances, as can omega-3 essential fatty acids commonly found in

    4. Get yourself some light therapy - Using ultraviolet lights (available
       over the counter at most drug stores) can help to fight SAD symptoms.

    5. Don't hibernate! Get outside, enjoy the cold weather, let the sun in.
       Exposure to sunlight, particularly at midday, can help alleviate
       seasonal affective disorder.

    For more information go to or to a qualified
orthomolecular practitioner who can suggest the best treatment options
available for you. And on the bright side, June is just around the corner -
last year the happiest day of the year was on June 20 (only 91 more days to

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For further information: go to or to a
qualified orthomolecular practitioner who can suggest the best treatment
options available for you.

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