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Saturday, February 5, 2011

February Blues

    Beat the winter blues with this February 5!

    Make a list of things that make you happy. Really, just sit down and do it. Review it when you feel out of sorts.

    • Stock up on potatoes, butter and cream.

    • Curl up near the biggest, brightest window while you make a scarf.

    • Observe a time of quiet reflection.

    • Watch Chocolat and eat chocolate. Try these recipes: Chocolate Macaroons, Death by Chocolate Balls, Triple Chocolate Cake.
    Eating chocolate increases the levels of endorphins released into the brain, giving credence to the claim that chocolate is a comfort food. The endorphins work to lessen pain and decrease stress. Another common neurotransmitter affected by chocolate is serotonin. Serotonin is known as an anti-depressant. One of the chemicals which causes the release of serotonin is tryptophan found in, among other things, chocolate. ~ Wiki

    If your feelings of saddness are more than fleeting, please seek help from a medical professional. You are not alone and you have done nothing wrong, you can not just "snap out of it". Please do not let shame, fear or anixity stop you. Don't suffer needlessly, asking for help is what is best for you. How to get started? Call your doctor or visit a free clinic.

    Finding a free health clinic:
    •Log onto the federal government website for the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration.

    •Under "Find the Health Center" enter your zipcode. These health care facilities must treat you whether or not you have health insurance and whether or not you can pay for the healthcare.

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