• Kathryn Miller

Overcoming Seasonal Depression/ Mental Instabilities

Well, here's the deal. I have not written a blog post in a while due to the fear that has been surfacing this world lately. There's a couple of things I want to say about this.


1st: Faith > Fear. There are so many versus that can keep you centered. I just want to say that sometimes it is easier said than done, but leaning on a perfect creator will always keep you centered. If you feel yourself drifting towards the drama on the news or Facebook memorize these versus to keep you grounded.


1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you


Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.


2nd: GET YOUR HANDS IN DIRT. Haha I think this is so important. There is a lot of research out there about how dirt can actually help you and your wellness. Check out this article for more, but these are some highlights.


  • Modern living is clean — maybe a little too clean. Getting out in the dirt now and then increases biodiversity in your gut bacteria and can give you some unexpected (and powerful) benefits.

  • The soil microbe Mycobacterium vaccae is one of the most common bacteria in dirt. It also influences your brain — people and mice exposed to M. vaccae show elevated mood and increased serotonin, the same neurotransmitter antidepressants target.

  • Simply walking out in nature eases stress and improves your brain function and immune system, even without getting dirty.


Here are ways to brighten your life with dirt and then decrease your emotional instability throughout the hardest months of the season.


1. Get some indoor plants. Plants can be so helpful in bringing life to your house. They even release calming toxins to purify your air.


2. Go for a barefoot walk in nature. Of course this is weather dependent, but studies have shown that you can increase gut biodiversity from the soil microbes in your skin.


3. Grow a garden. (My favorite) You can grow flowers and vegetables to enjoy or even consume. Working with your hands by planting the seeds, watering them, and watching them grow is so therapeutic.


Anywho that's all for now.


Signing off


-Kathryn


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