When the weather outside is frightful…
And your mood is far from delightful.
If you don’t know what to do…
Here are 5 Winter Blues!
What are the “Winter Blues”?
It’s that melancholy feeling brought on by gray skies and freezing breezes.
It’s wanting to curl up under a blanket with a bowl full of mac n’ cheese.
Many people experience a dip in mood during the winter months. However, for some, it’s MORE than just feeling a little “blue”. Known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this form of depression is heavily influenced by the seasons and weather. Symptoms include:
- Feeling low and sad
- Having trouble sleeping
- Mood swings
- Food cravings (especially for sugar-y and carb-y dishes)
Don’t let the winter blues get you down this year! Check out these natural ways to keep the blues at bay:
5 Winter Blues Remedies
#1. Be Well Fed
It’s the season of comfort food and gut-hugging dishes… however, regularly chowing down will only weigh you down and leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Make sure to keep yourself well fed by keeping your cabinets and fridge full of healthy and energizing snacks, such as:
- Nuts & seeds
- Fresh seasonal fruit
- Nourishing soups & broths
- Herbal teas
#2. Excite Yourself With Essential Oils
Give your mind, body, and spirit a boost of joy by using the natural aroma of essential oils. From helping you feel balanced to easing you into a good night’s sleep, essential oils are great for your overall well being.
We recommend trying one of our 8 Mood Enhancing Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends.
#3. Catch Your Zzz’s
Cold temps and cloudy skies can certainly make it hard to peel yourself your warm and cozy bed. However, to keep your sleep cycles regulated it is important that you keep your normal sleep routine.
To feel rested and get a good night’s sleep, make sure you go to sleep before 11pm so that you can see daylight as much as possible. You will definitely get sweet sleep by using a homemade Lavender Pillow Spray.
#4. Catch Some Rays
Rise, shine, and wake up your feel-good hormones by soaking up the sun! For those gloomy and dark winter days try Light Therapy, which involves using a light box to artificially simulate sunshine. Not only will it help regulate your body’s circadian rhythms, but also will give your mood a cheery boost!
#5. Shake It Off
Give both your brain AND your body a boost by moving your body daily. Whether you head to the gym, do an exercise program at home, or simply put on your favorite tunes and dance… 30 minutes of movement stimulates the release of endorphins, which will leave you feeling happy and energized. Read our post on Walking for Fitness.
Uplifting Eucalyptus Rub
All will be merry and bright again when you massage a few drops of this essential oil blend onto your chest.
What You Need:
- 6 drops Distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
- 6 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
- 1 oz jojoba oil
- 1 oz dropper bottle
- Add essential oils to dropper bottle and fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil (or carrier oil of choice).
To use: Apply several drops to chest and rub in. For additional information about the benefits of this rub, CLICK HERE.
Be HAPPY. Be BRIGHT. Be YOU.
Wishing you peace and joy throughout the winter season!