Devotion: My Commitment to Myself and to the World

DEVOTION: My commitment to myself — and the world — for 2015.

My name is Joy.

Starting today, I am devoting myself to the following projects:

–Being completely debt free.

–Being generous.

–Reaching out and being vulnerable.

I am devoting myself to these projects because I care about other people and feel that we are not meant to live life alone.

These projects deserve my full focus, attention, discipline and love.

Starting today, I am releasing the following from my life:

–Scarcity thinking.

–Pretending that I don’t have enough.

–Poor time management.

I am releasing these things because I need to create time & energy for giving to others.

These things no longer have a place in my life.

I believe that the world needs more kindness and generosity and that’s what I am here to create.

I may not be able to give millions to every charity, but I can do my part to help.

The very next step is to pay for people behind me.

And then after that, to actively seek out people to help.

When things feel overwhelming, I will remind myself that my job is simply to: spread love and kindness.

I have the power to leave the world, and the people around me, in better condition than I found them.

I don’t have to “reach” for that power. I have it, right now.

Anybody can serve.

I am devoted.

I am focused.

I am ready.

I know what I am here to do.

I am officially signing this agreement — with myself — on Feb 25th, 2014

Joy Boardman

Every word is true.

A Quick Guide to 3 Ayurvedic Herbs

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Ayurveda is from India. Often in my research I will write that you should take or use Triphala, Ashwaganda, or Amalaki….these Indian herbs are probably not as recognizable to you as vitamin c, peppermint, or turmeric.

But, just because you havent been introduced yet doesn’t mean these herbs wouldn’t be beneficial to you.

Allow me to introduce you to:

Triphala (for detox and cleansing)
Used for gentle internal cleansing
Great for colon cleansing
Tonifies your GI tract
Detoxifies and improves digestion
Improves circulation
Replenishes and nourishes
Helps with weight loss
Lowers cholesterol
Builds immunity
Cleanses liver

Ashwaganda (for stress-relief)
Especially good for Vata
Improves thyroid health
Helps you rest effectively
Enhances your mood
Increases immunity
Boosts energy
Combats physical fatigue
Improves memory
Improves adrenal health
Stabilizes blood sugar

Amalaki (full of natural high-potency vitamin c)
Especially good for Pitta
Detoxifies and rejuvenates
Full of antioxidants
Boosts immune system
Heals scars– heals skin inside and out
Balances bowel function
Cleanses and nourishes tissues
Helps eye health

Wanna learn more about Ayurveda? Learn from the best: Monica Bloom. She is amazing and funny and makes everything very uncomplicated.

Euphoria Friday: September Playlist

Time to perk up your ears and settle into September with this new playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKcuyDIHajOTOHp3wqPm7zbC7s0hyni8Z

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Malady Monday: Eczema

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Atopic dermatitis AKA Eczema is always itchy

(if it’s not itchy then it’s not eczema, it’s something else called Keratosis Pilaris (KP))

It’s a chronic allergic condition characterized by areas of itchy, scaly rashes. 

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In ayurveda eczema is also called vicharchika.

There are 3 kinds:
Vata: DRY usually accompanied by constipation & anxiety; aggravated by cold and relieved with sesame oil

Pitta: INFLAMED red and burning; aggravated by heat

Kapha: MOIST cold, sticky, oozing, swollen; aggravated by dairy, oil, and sugar

Most common version is PITTA.

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What helps all 3 kinds of eczema:
Turmeric (anti-inflammatory) Sandalwood
Guggol

For chronic eczema take licorice after you have finished detoxing with triphala (take triphala at night)

Externally use ghee, aloe vera, turmeric, neem*, and tulsi

*NEEM: relieves pain and protects from secondary infection

Vata eczema
⊙Sign of dehydration

⊙Use sesame oil externally

⊙Take castor oil internally

⊙Eat sweet, sour, and salty foods

⊙Take triphala, guggol, cardamom

⊙Use ghee with triphala, neem, and cardamom

Pitta eczema
⊙Avoid dairy, nightshades, oranges, peaches, strawberries

⊙Also avoid sun and heat

⊙Eat sweet, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Drink coconut juice

⊙Internal: burdock, neem, dandelion, triphala, gotu kola, sandalwood, aloe, and amalaki

⊙External: rose water, coconut juice, aloe, gotu kola, sandalwood oil, neem, and turmeric

Kapha eczema
⊙Sign of poor digestion

⊙Avoid heavy, greasy, and oily foods (especially cheese & yogurt)

⊙Eat pungent, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Internal: thyme, triphala, ginger, cardamom, gotu kola, and dandelion

⊙External: turmeric, neem, and chamomile

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Did you know your skin is your largest organ of elimination? So, if you are having skin problems you need to change what is going into your body.

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⊙Perform a liver cleanse

⊙Follow anti-inflammatory diet

⊙Eat grass fed animals vs. Grain fed (acid producing)

⊙Avoid caffeine

⊙Eliminate milk which irritates your immune system

Try to get more sulfur into your diet (eczema can be caused by a sulfur deficiency)

⊙Avoid shellfish (makes you itchy), hot spicy foods (adds dryness), and excess sugar and starch (adds dampness)

You can make a homemade salt and magnesium spray (magnesium flakes + Himalayan crystal salt)
Or take baths in the same solution

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Essential Oils
Try using calendula lotion
Also try calendula tea + 5 drops of lavender oil 2x per day.

Other essential oils that can help are:
Bergamot, eucalyptus, juniper, Roman chamomile, lavender, & rosemary

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Oils and Vitamins
Add GLAs (gamma-linolenic acids) to your diet with Borage oil and Evening Primrose Oil (500mg, 2x per day)

Also add Omega-3s

Take fermented cod liver oil

Take vitamin c, vitamin d, and vitamin e

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Don’t use soap and avoid wool
Wear cotton-lined gloves when washing dishes

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Let me know in the comments some things that have helped you find relief and healing from eczema.

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

Planet Joy: Otherworldly Massages for Women, Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone

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Holistic Help for Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

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KP (keratosis pilaris)

Aka chicken skin or goose flesh

Affects 50% of adolescents–more women than men 

(usually clears up by age of 30)

Also affects 40% of adults 

Affects people who have Celtic backgrounds

Similar to eczema only not itchy

Caused by hyperkeratinization (over production of keratin: it multiplies faster than it sheds) around hair follicles on skin

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Keratin is the hard protein that strengthens hair and nails. 

KP is acne-like and accumulates on upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. 

It’s a vata, dry skin condition 

Moisturizing skin is key to treating KP

Massage with sesame oil 

Coconut oil (especially combined with ACV)

Magnesium oil 

MSM lotion (REALLY GOOD!)

Also Exfoliate

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Exfoliating improves circulation, prevents clogging of dead skin cells, and removes build up of keratin

*Do not rub hard and cause irritation (or body will protect itself by producing MORE keratin!!)

Use coconut oil and sugar to scrub body 

Also make sure to dry brush before every shower!

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Do a liver detox (liver blood is not nourishing your skin) 

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Use a humidifier in the winter

Eliminate:

Corn products

Wheat

Dairy (KP is often caused by an intolerance to casein “dairy proteins”)

Try to eliminate dairy first for 6 weeks

And then meat for 6 weeks before reintroducing 

See if you notice a difference

In body care avoid sodium lauryl sulfate 

Suppliments:

Ashwaganda

ACV (apple cider vinegar)

Magnesium (100-300mg)

*Vitamin C (reduces inflamation and ingrown hairs)

*Zinc

Borage oil 

**Cod liver oil 

Vitamin D

Vitamin K2

Most importantly:

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Vitamin A 

The most widely recognized nutritional deficiency of recent times

Take MORE Vitamin A in cold weather 

Eat cows liver & egg yolks (which also contain Vitamin D)

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Herbs:

Burdock

Marshmallow

Calendula

Drink

Plenty of water (3 liters)

1 pint of carrot juice every day

Raw milk instead of regular milk

Eat

Ghee (clarified butter)

Omega-3s (Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds)

More greens (your body needs more chlorophyll)

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I have personally struggled with KP ever since I can remember so I’ve been wanting to do this research for a looooooong time.

Let me know which things help you!
Remember it’s important to heal your body from the inside out!

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

Planet Joy: Otherworldly Massages for Women, Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone

Find me here:

[PlanetJoy’s Blog]

[PlanetJoy’s Etsy Shop]

[PlanetJoy on Facebook]

[PlanetJoy on Pinterest]

Euphoria Friday: April 4, 2014

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Awesome
Why Tom Hanks is awesome. (Just a few reasons of MANY) The gif at the end!!
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Helpful
Here’s everything that makes us happy in one infographic.

How to stop feeling like an imposter at work. (This is great for those of us who own our own businesses.)

Have you heard of neem? Here’s 14 uses for the oil.
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DIY
Make adorable little bows, using a fork!

Create a year-round salad garden. Don’t forget separate containers for tomatoes! (Tomatoes are vital for yummy salads….)

Speaking of yummy: how DELICIOUS do these Spring samosas look? I can’t wait to try them!! Samosas are magical….

Also: hash brown waffles. (yet another use for my Cinderella waffle maker!)

Mint-infused honey….so lovely!!
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Euphoria Friday: March 28th, 2014

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Smart
🌸Amy Poehler is such a wise and lovely woman!

🌸Did you know?! Taking too many pictures affects our ability to form detailed memories! So, maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t take any pictures at my 2-year anniversary spaghetti dinner party….

🌸A painting tells us how to be less selfish. The website has other topics that art can help with as well.

🌸Ever wanted to disappear? Here are step-by-step instructions for deleting yourself from the entire INTERNET.20140322-121629.jpg

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Funny

🌺Ellen + funny tweets = 💕

🌺Cats are liquid and these pictures are proof.

🌺I love old quirky/strange inventions….
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International
🌷People painted as flags eating the food of their country. Bizarre and beautiful.

🌷A birds-eye view of different countries. Stunning.

🌷The world’s poorest coolest president. “It’s not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who is poor.”
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DIY
•Learn how to screen print! (Click)

•Create a springtime atmosphere in your home!

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Euphoria Friday: March 7, 2014

This week:20140306-202245.jpgI’m dog-sitting the cutest dog in the universe.20140306-202151.jpgMy friend Anne came over to help me give him a bath!20140306-202204.jpg

Random fun:20140306-202254.jpg20140306-202305.jpgI don’t totally agree with this list of favorite Whedon characters: no Angel?! No Giles?

My favorites list would be:

21) Adelle (badass)
20) Kaylee (adorable)
19) Victor (so much fun to watch)
18) Oz (terse and deep)
17) Echo (and all of her roles in Dollhouse) (I loved watching her change--really made me respect Eliza Dushku)
16) Fred (because she's Fred!)
15) Lilah (badass)
14) Harmony (clueless)
13) Alpha (insane)
12) Druscilla (insane)
11) Buffy (adorable)
10) Willow (funny and sweet)
9) Topher (geeky and lovable)
8) Glory (insane)
7) Xander (sweet and goofy)
6) Giles (awesome & British)
5) Cordelia (speaking her mind--and winning my heart)
4) Angel (sexiness)
3) Wesley (for becoming a badass)
2) Anya (always speaking her mind)
1) Spike (cheekbones, sexiness, EVERYTHING)

**that was my geek-out moment of the day**

Love:
•I’m so in love with Random Acts of Kindness (like these ones). Maybe when I pay off my loans that’s what I’ll do the next month: just leave money around for people to find and pay for the person behind me :)
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•Along those same lines here are 100 ways to tell your child (or anyone, really) how much you love them. Because love is important!
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How to know you’re in a really good (even sacred) relationship. 20140306-202224.jpg20140306-202233.jpg
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•Have you ever taken the Meyers Briggs personality test? I’ve actually recently become more of an ESFP but for a long time I was an ENTP so I love this article on the care and feeding of your ENTP. (some of it still really resonates with me)

•Also I still can relate to this one about ENTPs and their awkwardness when it comes to love. 20140306-220933.jpg

Make it!
•I love this super cute gift tag DIY.

•I’m kind of obsessed with easy-to-make food that looks totally complicated like braided Nutella bread and eggs with heart-shaped yolks.
20140306-220847.jpg20140306-220903.jpg•If someone makes me these lasagna cups I will know they love me!!

Pure Happiness:
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Debt-free by July 2014: progress report

I’m less than $1000 away from the halfway point!

At this point I’m starting to wonder what I’ll do to celebrate and how much it will change my life to be debt free.

My ultimate goal is to be debt free by my birthday in July. But I know that it’s more realistic to expect to make it happen by November.

If you’d like to help there are two ways to do so and there will be more ways coming soon!

1) If you live in Staunton, schedule a massage!

My current specials are: 20140305-122121.jpgcontact me at JoyBoardman@gmail.com to schedule.

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2) The second thing you can do (especially if you aren’t local) is shop in my etsy shop!

www.ArtisticDrama.etsy.com

I’ll be posting my March bath crystals soon! (Aromatherapy Epsom salts which are awesome for sore muscles and detoxifying your body!) I have new ones every month and specially crafted for every zodiac sign.

Euphoria Friday, February 28th

20140227-170701.jpgI hope your week was lovely!

Things to make:
make your own sugar cubes

Instagram photo strips DIY

make your own photo magnets

DIY golden honey bears20140227-173048.jpghello, super cute owl dress

make your yoga mat sticky again

Things that make you think:
Have you heard of tiny houses? I want to build one for myself. I’m very excited about this plan:tiny houses for the homeless.

Learn how to defend yourself against emotional muggers. Stop letting anybody steal your joy, make you feel defeated, or deflated.

Steal these creative rituals. I especially love what Ze Frank has to say. (I love that man.)

Have you seen this?! aerie: American Eagles’s lingerie brand uses UNPHOTOSHOPPED MODELS. They have ALL my respect. Hopefully this will be a bigger and bigger trend. (I know Dove has been doing this as well for a long time) 20140227-172935.jpg
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Awesome animals:
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Speaking of animals: Holy Cuteness: puppy cannot catch the ball (click for video) ….the music makes this video EPIC.

meet the mantis shrimp (“it’s pretty much my favorite animal”) I freaked out when I saw one at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last summer.

ALSO:Harlem Shake: dog edition (click for video) That dance trend died too soon, I feel. The music makes me happy and the videos make me laugh. This one is the BEST.

Get a massage:20140227-172749.jpgEmail for more details: JoyBoardman@gmail.com

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Euphoria Friday, Feb 21st

Happy things from my week: 20140220-235156.jpgHappy birthday to my mom (yesterday!) 20140220-235321.jpgMade me laugh.

Be Healthy

•Do you know what NFT stands for? Here's all you need to know: the NFT digest.20140220-235030.jpg

Smile:20140220-235007.jpg

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Upcoming Staunton Event:20140220-235137.jpg

20140220-235127.jpgAnd last minute reminder: Naked Lady Party is THIS WEEKEND.
Sunday, 3-5pm, 16West on Beverly Street

Massage Can Even Help Your Depression! The Health Benefits of Massage

20140121-210417.jpgFirst a link: 10 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up on a Blue Monday. (click)

Did you know? Massage is a healthy, drug-free system for controlling the symptoms of SAD. (What is SAD you ask? Click to find out more about Seasonal Depression.)
20140121-210326.jpgReduces:
•depression
•stress
•anxiety

Improves:
•circulation
•sleep
•energy levels
•concentration
•immunity
•general sense of wellbeing
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Massage helps both the body and mind leave the “fight or flight” part of your nervous system.

Massage releases and increases endorphins (the body’s natural anti-depressant), which creates a euphoric feeling and fights depression.

You naturally move into your parasympathetic nervous system: your natural relaxation response.
20140121-211730.jpgMassage also helps balance your endocrine system, which is responsible for the release of hormones.

Massage is an ideal method for increasing serotonin levels.

Serotonin plays a role in mood, behavior, body temperature, physical coordination, appetite and sleep. (Serotonin is connected with melatonin and the pineal gland.)

The positive effects of massage treatments can be felt immediately, but for long-term effects it is advised to receive between two and four treatments a month during fall and winter seasons.

By receiving regular massages, (at least two a month), you will experience less intense SAD symptoms.

Finding a supportive massage therapist who makes you feel comfortable can also help your mood.
20140121-211536.jpgDo you live in Staunton, Virginia?

I have a massage special for anyone battling SAD:

**Schedule as many 30-min massages as you can in February and March for only $140.**

All you have to do is set up the appointments and show up!

If you are crushed by this winter weather, sign up for depression-control and positive vibes.
20140121-211627.jpgIf you're in a bad mood and have no motivation, massage will make you feel so much better.

((Trust me: I am a SAD sufferer, myself, and massage’s serotonin boost is miraculous.))

The faster you sign up, the more massages you can schedule!
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Space is limited!
Contact me via email @JoyBoardman@gmail.com.

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

Planet Joy: Otherworldly Massages for Women, Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone

Find me here:

[PlanetJoy’s Blog]

[PlanetJoy’s Etsy Shop]

[PlanetJoy on Facebook]

[PlanetJoy on Pinterest]

Yoga and Nutrition: Conquering Seasonal Depression (SAD)

20140111-175504.jpgSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression arising from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter (shorter days).
20140111-175511.jpgSeasonal affective disorder affects over ten million people in the United States each year. The average age of onset for SAD is 23 years old and is twice as prevalent in females as males.
20140111-175528.jpgSYMPTOMS:
•irritability

•headaches

•extreme fatigue and lethargy
(in low light the pineal gland constantly produces melatonin and a sleepy state is induced)

•increased appetite

•carbohydrate cravings

•an inability to concentrate

•decreased libido

•Weight gain

•Avoiding social interaction (withdrawal)20140111-175521.jpg((It is the long duration of the symptoms that distinguish SAD from the so-called holiday blues.))
20140111-175542.jpgIn Autumn and winter (the yin cycle) there is a tendency towards isolation, sadness, and grieving.

For those people whose constitution is more yin in nature due to gender, genetics (over 50% of people who suffer from SAD have at least one first degree relative who has suffered from major depression), environment, and lifestyle, these feelings may be even more pronounced.
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Undue physical, mental, or emotional stress, a lack of sleep, and poor nutrition will only deplete the body’s energy further and increase the chances of experiencing not only depressed mood, but depressed immunity.20140111-180617.jpgWHAT CAN I DO?

LIGHT
Light therapy is recommended by doctors for winter time blues. Exposure to artificial light may cause headache, Irritability,Eye strain, Inability to sleep and fatigue.

Exposure to sunlight, or if sunlight is not available, sitting near fireplace is the remedy suggested in Ayurveda.

Also: For five minutes each morning stare at and reflect on the color gold. The vibration of the color is similar to natural light and can build stability, as its hue is a balance between fire and earth.20140111-181924.jpg
EXERCISE

MOVE!!!! Exercise plays a MAJOR role in the treatment of depression. It stimulates circulation and releases serotonins in the brain, the hormones that encourage contentment and an all around feeling of happiness. It is nature’s best tranquilizer.

Exercise also gives a feeling of accomplishment and thus reduces the sense of helplessness. Some form of active exercise (even dancing to your favorite music), should be undertaken each day at a regular hour. 30 -40 minutes is your goal.
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YOGA
The first thing a depressed person stops doing is moving. Regular exercise becomes intolerable. But Yoga exercise, starting with as few as three poses a day in just a few minutes’ time, coupled with correct breath patterns, can become so pleasant to you that soon you will want to do more and more.

Practicing yoga before dawn, in a warm place free of drafts, perhaps by the light of a few candles, can be a gentle way to start the day.

Getting out of bed on a dark, gray winter morning and stepping on a yoga mat is a triumph. Practicing will increase energy, boost mood, and motivate the you to stay out of bed and avoid napping.

Yoga practice also helps keep the pineal gland active longer to produce melatonin in a regulated fashion, normalize the sleep-eat-wake cycle, and eradicate SAD. 20140111-181526.jpgASANAS
Inversions (Stimulate the seventh chakra. Lift attitude, sooth anxiety associated with SAD, stabilize mood. Physically counteracts the slumped shoulders and droopy head associated with depression and stimulates neurotransmitters to release non- epinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin to boost the mood.)
•shoulder stand
•headstand
•handstand

Sun salutations (help to regulate the endocrine system)

Back bends (energizing and uplifting and can be used to help overcome the lethargy associated with SAD & also stimulate the fourth chakra (the heart chakra) This can help with the feelings of hopelessness associated with SAD.)

Spinal twists (release tension in the liver and spleen and sequencing twisting postures can help students release negative or distorted feelings.)

Boat and Warrior (help boost low self-esteem)
Mountain Pose, Chair Pose, and Tree Pose (for inner strength)

((Find more great yoga poses for depression here.))

PRANAYAMA
Emphasize exhalation. Try gently breathing in through the nostrils deep into the belly while mentally counting. Then, exhale and see if you can draw the breath out longer without forcing, to twice the count of the inhalation.

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SUPPLEMENTS:
20140111-180835.jpgVITAMIN D
Vitamin D is actually a hormone, needs UV B sun exposure in order to be processed in the body
Some studies suggest that as many as 7 out of 10 Americans don’t get enough of this “sunshine vitamin”—particularly during winter.
Need 2000 IU
Food sources include cod, salmon, sardines, herring and fortified cereals and milks.
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OMEGA-3s
Some results suggest that SAD is less common in those who consume more omega-3 fatty acids, such as Icelandic people, who eat plenty of coldwater fish. Oddly enough, people in Iceland appear to be resistant to SAD.

Because our bodies cannot make these essential omega-3 fatty acids, we’ve got to eat them.

Oily, fatty fish (mackerel, herring, salmon, sardines, anchovies) are the best sources of omega-3s because they contain the “more potent” forms of omega-3s

VITAMIN B
vitamin B complex, 100 mgs 3 times daily (Vitamin B deficiency is often a physical cause of depression.)
Plus extra Vitamin B 5, 500 mgs daily (the most potent anti-stress vitamin)
•B-vitamins:
seaweeds (nori, hijiki, and wakame), asparagus, broccoli, bananas, brown rice and figs, whole grains, green veggies, eggs, fish

OTHER HELPFUL VITAMINS
•Vitamin C, 2,000-10,000 mgs daily in divided doses.
•Potassium 80 mgs
•Calcium 1,500-2,000 mgs daily
•Omega-3 oils (flax oil and fish oils):
flax seeds, salmon, sardines, dark green vegetables and walnuts
•magnesium (1,000 mgs per day): ((if you crave carbs, especially chocolate, you may be deficient in magnesium—a mineral involved in the synthesis of serotonin))
quinoa, Brazil nuts, peas, lentils, halibut and spinach.

HERBS
Triphala to support elimination of excess dosha and gently cleanse the colon.
((About 70 percent of the production of serotonin occurs in the digestive tract, so when the digestion is not optimal, it can result in lower production of serotonin.))
Phosphorus is a good choice if you feel worse on cloudy days
Rhus tox relieves the stiffness often provoked by rain.

WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
In the winter it is natural to crave those foods that provide a quick source of energy and that are high in calories since extra energy can be stored as fat in the body to help keep the body warm. 20140111-181246.jpgEat wisely. This means eating sensible, complex carbs to stimulate serotonin. Eating wisely also means watching the caffeine, which suppresses serotonin. If you must drink coffee, save it for after you eat.

Make dinner your main carbohydrate-containing meal because evening is usually the time when the symptoms of SAD are at their strongest.

DO NOT over eat.

PROTEINS:
healthy protein sources(at least 3x per day &always pair them with each carbohydrate serving):
•nuts
•Peanut butter
•seeds- pumpkin seeds
•dairy- cottage cheese
•organic meats
•eggs
•lentils

COMPLEX CARBS:
•fruits- apricots gradually raises serotonin levels and helps keep them there, as do apples (with milk and honey!), pears, grapes, plums, grapefruits and oranges.
•grains-Basmati rice. (The sugar in this rice is slow to release into the bloodstream, which helps blood sugar levels stay constant instead of going through highs and lows.) Other foods with a similar effect on blood sugar are rye bread and pasta.
•Cereals-unsweetened muesli, shredded wheat, and bran flakes are slow to release sugar into the bloodstream, which helps raise serotonin levels.
•oatmeal
•vegetables- 4 cups of brightly colored veggies every day
•Popcorn
•pretzels
•low-fat biscotti
•potatoes

ALSO:
•soup and stew
•sprouts
Add turmeric, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cloves and basil to your foods.
((A few helpful meals you can make when you’re SAD.))

DRINKS:
•mint tea
•Blanch 5-7 rosemary leaves in a boiling cup of water, add honey, wait 3 minutes and drink.
•Add some fresh Rose petals to a cup of boiling water. Add sugar and drink whenever feeling depressed.
•Water is essential in any healing process. Distilled water is the best. 6-8 eight ounces glasses per day.

THINGS TO AVOID:
Carbohydrate cravings can contribute to and aggravate feelings of depression by altering blood sugar levels. Drastic changes in blood sugar can lead to weight gain, which is a side effect of SAD.

DO NOT EAT:
white flours
sugars
coffee
alcohol
(try eliminating all white, starchy foods for two weeks — bread, rice, potatoes. You will be amazed at how good you feel but you need to stick to it to see a difference.)
Limit cold drinks and raw vegetables.
20140111-181342.jpgADDITIONAL TIPS FOR DEALING WITH SAD:
Since our body must already use a lot of energy in the winter to fend off the wind and cold, it is natural to feel more lethargic and emotionally and physically sensitive to our surroundings at this time.

•Allow yourself to rest more.
•Think positive, happy thoughts.
•Try not to worry or be fearful.
•Conserve your energy.
•Practice quiet, yin activities like restorative yoga, Tai Chi, qigong, walking or journaling.
•Rebuild your energy to prepare for spring.
•We have a very primal need to see living, verdant foliage: without it, we feel lost, sad, and hopeless. Go on a shopping spree and find some bright, colorful plants to fill your home.
•Communicate openly with those close to you so that you can nourish your personal relationships
•Enjoy any activity that brings “fire” to your life.
•Encourage the cultivation of joy in your life.
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COOL, HELPFUL LINKS:
•I am in love with this UK depression-awareness bakery and their melancholy sweet treats.
Banish winter blues naturally.
8 fun strategies to reduce SAD.
A naturopathic view of SAD.
A completely excellent yoga guide for SAD.
•BRILLIANT. A playlist of happy songs for handling SAD20140111-181736.jpg

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

Planet Joy: Otherworldly Massages for Women, Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone

Find me here:

[PlanetJoy’s Blog]

[PlanetJoy’s Etsy Shop]

[PlanetJoy on Facebook]

[PlanetJoy on Pinterest]

Collage Parties

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Collage Parties are a chance for women (Moms! College students!) to get together, drink wine, eat yummy snacks, and make fun& easy artwork.

On the surface? It’s about cutting out pictures and using a glue stick to make pretty art.

But really? It’s about finding out what speaks to you, getting inspired, having fun, feeling accomplished.

It’s designed for women who have always wanted to find a visual way to express themselves but were afraid they “have no artistic talent” — women who struggle to put what’s in their head on to paper.

By the end of the party, you will understand how to …

:select images that speak to you
:make a collage!!
:stop feeling pressured to “make it perfect”

And best of all, you’ll have the experience of having a fun, relaxed, silly time with your friends.

Grab a friend and get ready to make some art!

Our theme for January will be An Inspired New Year: Setting Intentions for 2015. The power of putting your goals on paper and making them visual is not to be underestimated.

Price is $20/person:
Only $15 if you bring a friend
OR $10 if you bring a magazine to donate AND a friend :)

Check out the PlanetJoy Facebook page for event listings
or contact joyboardman@gmail.com to set up a private party of your very own!

Black Friday, small business Saturday, cyber Monday….PlanetJoy Gifts

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I’m fairly anti-consumerism. Which is super odd when you consider the fact that I am an entrepreneur &I make my living selling things to people. But I am not into spending money myself nor am i into making people spend money. Especially on the holidays.

Birthdays, maybe. I love birthdays! (Mine is July 1st, btw….)

However, sometimes it’s FUN to spend money. It’s fun to find the perfect gift. Something that will make you or your friend laugh–especially at an inside joke.

Sometimes it’s not about spending money, it’s about an experience. Like melting into a massage, feeling your body become butter, feeling stress melt away….

So, in the case that you actually ENJOY spending money, you’re looking for a great gift (even for yourself), and you’re interested in purchasing something from ME, I present to you:

PlanetJoy’s handy dandy guide to all the gifties I’ve created this year. (Title is a work in progress, haha)

Massage gifties:
A whole year of massage (12 or 24) starting at $40 each
A set of 2, 4, or 6 (the more you buy, the less you spend)
Contact me directly at joyboardman@gmail.com

Simple aromatherapy fizzies (7 scents)
www.ArtisticDrama.etsy.com

Collage gifties:
Journals $10
Mini-books $18
Mini-posters $5
Medium posters $39
Original collages $10
Cards $5-$20
Calendars $32
Find these at: RR Smith Center, Rule 42, Made;, www.facebook.com/artisticdrama, and www.ArtisticDrama.etsy.com

I’ll also be doing a craft fair on December 4th at the government center in Verona.

And just a note: 10% of all sales through December 1st will be going to Amnesty International to help fight violence against women.

Ps:
My two favorite gift ideas are the Year of Massage (YoM) and the bath fizzies.

YoM is a reward for women willing to make a commitment to their health. The reward is being able to count on an hour or 90-min of stress-free escape every single month. YoM is my most affordable deal (starts at $40/month for one 60-min session every single month of the year) and it’s my clients’ favorite deal. Right now I have 12 YoM clients!
Sign up before Jan 1st, 2014 and save $5 every month.
joyboardman@gmail.com

Bath fizzies are simple aromatherapy shots. Easy to use (just toss ’em into the tub or even the shower) and good for you! Great for relief from stress, depression, headaches, congestion….Full of essential oils (only need one or two per bath/shower)
Free shipping till Jan 1st, 2014 and 10% of all sales go to Amnesty International.
www.ArtisticDrama.etsy.com