Are you feeling the winter blues? Try This

 

I will admit it. Winter is not my favorite season. As I stated in a previous letter, I often feel like hibernating this time of year. The cold, dark days impact my energy and mood.

 

I know I am far from alone. Winter makes many people SAD. Do you experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Whether you have an official diagonsis or not, I wanted to share some of my favorite ways to feel better faster.

 

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Try a Sun Lamp- For years I have been saying I wanted to see if a sun lamp would help me deal with the winter blues. Luckily my awesome sister was listening. She bought me one for the holidays. I immediately fell in love with it. I use it when I am writing, cooking, reading or just feeling the desire to bask in the “rays”. In fact, I am using it right now.

 

Move your body- Moving your body not only boosts your physical health, it is crucial for your mental health. Research consistently shows that exercise is the best anti-depressant. I know it can be difficult to motivate yourself to go the the gym when it is cold, icy and dark outside. The good news is you don’t have to go to the the gym to workout.

 

Every movement matters. Start with five minutes and see your mood instantly changes.

 

Stuck at home? This is your chance to get creative. Try a dance party in the living room. Run up and down your stairs. Create a fun “circuit workout” by combining some of your favorite moves such as jumping jacks, running in place, squats and push-ups. Download a yoga video. The choices are endless.

 

Lemon oil
Add lemon oil to your water- Lemon essential oil is often referred to as “liquid sunshine”. It elevates your mood, helps detox your liver and tastes amazing. I highly recommend Doterra products because they are organic “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” oils. I use Doterra essential oils every day for various purposes. There is an oil for everything I love how they smell and taste.

 

 

 

Roast some veggies- The winter weather often brings on cravings for sweets. Consuming excess sugar might initially make us feel good, however the sugar crash afterwards accentuates the winter blues. Do yourself a favor and cut back on the cookies, crackers, chips, and sugary drinks. Try roasting some veggies to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, beets, parsnips, and carrots taste amazingly sweet when roasted.

 

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Get some birdseed- Too cold and icy to hit the trails? Bring nature to you. Seeing the cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches and other feathered friends visit my bird feeders instantly uplifts my mood. This week I have been super lucky. A Red-Bellied Woodpecker has been visiting us.

My kids often say it looks like we have a bird party on our deck. The birds make them happier and calmer too.

 

 

I hope that at least one of these suggestions helps you feel less “blah” this winter.

 

Do you have a favorite tip for overcoming the winter blues? Share it in the comments below.

 

 

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