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.