As the vibrant hues of summer transition into the cozy embrace of autumn, we find ourselves at a pivotal juncture that often goes unnoticed—how our mental well-being often shifts with the change of seasons and the anticipation of holidays.
It’s a time when the world around us undergoes a profound transformation, mirroring the shifts that can occur within our own minds and bodies. In this edition of our newsletter, we’ll explore symptoms like anxiety, depression, and mind racing and offer powerful and effective holistic strategies to navigate them with resilience by sharing our top nine strategies for managing our seasonal shifts in our mental health and we’ll share a special invitation to the MHH Life Team Approach.
The Seasonal Shift and Holiday Stress: A Time of Change
As the days quickly grow shorter and the nights longer, we bid farewell to the sun-drenched days of summer. The diminishing daylight hours can disrupt our circadian rhythms, leaving us susceptible to mood changes, anxiety, and energy fluctuations commonly known as seasonal affective disorder.
To add to the changes in our circadian rhythm from the changes in the season, the approaching holidays, while joyous, can also bring added stress and anxiety. The pressure to create the perfect holiday experience, combined with family gatherings, gift shopping, and the whirlwind of festivities, can for many exacerbate symptoms of mental distress.
Anxiety and Stress:
As the days become shorter and the nights grow longer, some individuals may experience heightened anxiety levels. For some, the transition to autumn can bring a sense of uncertainty, with the diminishing daylight affecting our circadian rhythms. This disruption can leave us feeling restless and on edge, while for others the approaching holidays can compound this anxiety as we navigate the pressures of understanding and protecting our boundaries, family politics, travel, gift-giving, social engagements, and other expectations.
Anxiety can be very triggering and exhausting, and if not addressed properly, it can lead to biochemical changes in the body and neurochemical changes in the brain that leave us feeling depleted, sick, tired, depressed, and can also lead to high blood pressure, hormone imbalances, and even Type 2 diabetes!
A shift in the season, coupled with the stressors of the holidays, can for some create feelings of sadness and melancholy. The decrease in natural sunlight as the winter season approaches can interfere with the production of crucial neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin. These neurotransmitters play pivotal roles in regulating mood and sleep patterns.
In addition, many reduce their time exercising and getting outdoors because of the early nightfall and colder temperatures. This decrease in body movement and time outdoors can lead to a decrease in our endorphins and dopamine levels (some of our “feel good” brain hormones). This can exacerbate our feelings of depression and make it even harder to get moving… which opens up the door to a downward spiral in our physical and mental health.
Many also experience fatigue and lack of good sleep which further exacerbates depression and oftentimes gets coupled with anxiety and mind racing.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, characterized by a flurry of activities and obligations, along with changes to the foods we normally eat, can lead to mind racing. This can feel like an exhausting mental whirlwind, making it challenging to focus or find inner peace, and it can really disrupt sleep, making the mind racing even worse. Mind racing can, in turn, heighten feelings of stress and anxiety, leading to loss of good sleep, changes in brain chemistry and hormones, and depression, and it can ultimately create a cycle that is difficult to break without the help of a seasoned practitioner.
Fortunately, there are many strategies that you can use when there’s a shadow over your mental health or you’re looking for effective methods to get out of the fight, flight, or freeze response and train your brain and body to go into a relaxation response instead.
Here are our top 9 strategies for SAD (seasonal affective disorder) we use with our clients. These powerful and effective tools and modalities work and are loved by our clients:
Just as the trees shed their leaves to prepare for renewal, we too can let go of old habits, embrace self-care, and nurture our mental health. As we navigate the vibrant tapestry of autumn and the holiday season, let’s embrace these changes as an opportunity to reconnect with ourselves, strengthen our mental resilience, and experience the tremendous benefits of having a loving and compassionate life team to support you during this season of change. It’s your birthright to have an amazing and beautiful life experience and to be able to navigate the rough patches with ease and grace. So come book a session with us and embark on a path of holistic well-being.
(For established clients)
Not sure WHO to book with? No Problem! Here at MHH we have an AMAZING team of coaches and EVERY ONE OF OUR COACHES can help you with ANY of your conditions, so just pick the one that has availability on the day and time that works best for you.
Not feeling well and looking for help with your condition, diagnosis, or symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you have tried? Our holistic biological health coaches can help you! Our coaches teach you how your body works, what the underlying cause of your condition or symptoms are, and how to fix and address them using long-term solutions that are data-driven and that work!
Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how to understand YOUR genetic blueprint – Our coaches are trained in the field of epigenetics and understand implicitly that YOU are in control of your own gene expression and how your genes either work for or against you. If you choose to add genetic testing into your program, your genetic blueprint information can be used not only to help drive your plan of action for healing, but also it can be used to understand your body’s unique nutrition, lifestyle, sleeping, eating, and physical activity needs are so that you can optimize once you are healed.
Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on:
….. Find much success and amplification in their healing journey.
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