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7 Mood Makeovers for Men
If you find yourself experiencing the winter blues, feeling down, etc. it could be seasonal depression. More common than you think but too often men ignore the signs and avoid help out of stigma. But there are several things brothers can do for self-care to help overcome depression and restore peace.
1. Treat yourself to a massage.
Even if going to a spa is out of the budget, there are chair and hand held massagers available at stores like Wal-Mart and Target that can be used in the comfort of your own living room. If it’s just too cold to go outside, the next best thing to a massage is a hot bubble bath with some soothing music in the background as this helps to increase the blood flow to muscles and allows you to relax.
2. Walk the ‘Relaxing’ walk.
Chronic stress can produce too much cortisol, a hormone that can ramp up appetite — and lead to overeating. A simple exercise like walking, just 30 minutes a day helps to incorporate a great way to to minimize gaining weight and stress reduction all in one.
3. Get a Little R&R.
Nap time. Too little sleep causes slowed metabolism and increased appetite — risking overeating, unhealthy food choices, and inactivity. Most of us don’t get enough rest and curling up with a good book, having some hot cider or tea before lying down can help us fall asleep faster when one is just too stressed to relax.
4. Keep Finances in Check.
Studies show that financial stress is one of the main reasons Black men worry. Don’t plan to make any large purchases on credit until you are out of debt. And pay yourself first, even if it’s only a dollar a week which you should put into an account at your local credit union to avoid fees.
5. Go Zen.
Take up Restorative Yoga, Tai Chi or Meditation! These mind body strategies incorporate improving posture, relaxing and stretching to improve balance and coordination while simultaneously decreasing stress. Take time to breathe deeply and say a prayer, or just sit down in a quiet place and simply meditate with relative peace and quiet.
Never underestimate the power of a good sex life and reconnecting with your significant other. And yes, it’s okay to masturbate. Enough said.
7. Laugh on Purpose.
Comedy is good for the soul. Whether its rented movies, downloaded comedy sketches or even going to improv or karaoke, a good laugh goes a long way. Laughter lowers stress hormones and improves blood flow, which increases your energy levels. The more energy you have, the less likely you’ll be to be overwhelmed by depression that sometimes comes with the winter season.
Moshe Lewis MD, MPH, MBA is currently on the Volunteer Clinical Faculty of UCSF. Dr. Lewis specializes in the non-surgical management of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries and diseases.