Anxiety and Depression

Bust those Winter Blues with Exercise

Many people feel a little "down" in the winter, due to the shorter days and colder temperatures. There's a simple fix that can help: exercise. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins - the feel-good chemicals that can improve your mood. A walking program is the perfect place to start, but any type of exercise you enjoy will boost your mood. Consistency is the key. 

If lack of consistency has foiled your fitness routine in the past, here are three tips for sticking with your blues-busting winter exercise plan.

Release Stress and Relax with T'ai Chi Chih

T’ai Chi Chih is a form of T’ai Chi. Its gentle movements release stress by relaxing and rejuvenating the body while refreshing the mind. T'ai chi chih movements and poses can be learned easily and practiced by anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.

Location: Both classes offered at United Methodist Communities, 460 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
Learn more and register online at the links below, or call 888-847-8823 to register.
T’ai Chi Chih - The Practice
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3 – 3:45 pm
Cost: $42 for 6-week series: $8 drop-ins
T'ai Chi Chih – Beginners
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3 to 4 pm
Cost: $48 for 6-week series; $9 drop-ins

Acupuncture for Pain Management with Haizhen Yang, Dipl.OM., L.Ac.

Join this information session to learn more about acupuncture, which is a safe, minimally invasive, ancient approach to treating pain, physical effects of mental and physical stress, and chronic or age-related conditions.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020
Time: Noon
Location: Virtua Health & Wellness Center -  Cherry Hill, 1 Brace Road, Large Conference Room, Cherry Hill, NJ

Register online or call 888-847-8823

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Can You Beat the Blues With 'Downward Dog'?

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 -- New evidence bolsters the belief that yoga can offer real and lasting relief to people with depression.

Dr. Chris Streeter, a psychiatrist at Boston University's School of Medicine, said the new study she led builds on earlier work showing a correlation between yoga and levels of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), a chemical in the brain. Yoga seems to raise GABA levels, much as anti-depression and anti-anxiety drugs do, she explained.

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Exercise Can Help Prevent Depression, Even for Those at High Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 -- Getting more exercise could help ward off depression, even if you have a genetic risk for it, new research shows.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 8,000 people and found that those with a genetic predisposition were more likely to be diagnosed with depression over the next two years.

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