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St. John's Wort

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I've developed the positive habit of taking vitamins and a few supplements every morning. Nothing too intense - some D, B12, & Omega 3/6/9. Years ago I was told I needed to take all three and always started half-heartedly taking them. It inevitably turned into every other day, to only when I didn't feel well, to forgetting I even had the vitamins in the cabinet. At one point I was so bad that the doctor order injections.

Not anymore, which is a great NSV for me. I'm beginning to care more about myself and its overall health.

So I was taking my vitamins this morning and was feeling a bit under the weather so I reached to the back of the cabinet for some vitamin C. In doing so I grabbed the other very large container - St. John's Wort. St. John's Wort is meant to help stabilize moods and increase a sense of positivity. Not in a medical depression sense, but in a holistic, subtle way. I never took it regularly, but when I was truly feeling low or unpleasant I would pop one or two when going out or to work so as to help stabilize what felt like a possibly debilitating bad mood.

I haven't taken St. John's Wort in 6 months. I completely forgot I even had it in the house. That's not to say that I don't ever feel sad, but I no longer am reliant on something to aid in those feelings (or rely on an outside source) and it is largely a result of this journey. I'm able to see the direct connection to exercise and feeling good internally as well as what I put into my body and its direct correlation to how I physically and emotionally feel. Not too mention blogging the blues allows more personal catharsis than a pill ever will.
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    They do say that exercise works better for depression than the pills that they give and the "side affects" from exercising is way better than the pills.
    1715 days ago
    emoticon news indeed. NSV and managing moods with exercise and diet brings the best rewards as the only side effects is feeling wonderful. emoticon and emoticon
    1716 days ago
    1716 days ago
    It is so great when we recognize that we have a NSV. Another reason for a self-pat-on-the-back !! Yea, Rah, Rah, 3 cheers for you.
    1716 days ago
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