Seasonal depression is a real thing. It is something that I have experienced firsthand on occasion. This winter has been a much different experience though. We are living in a city where the snow just doesn’t come down like it did in southeast Idaho. The winter has been really mild and it has been very refreshing for me to experience! Although I haven’t experienced full on seasonal depression like I have in the past, I have gotten a little of the “winter blues”. I have learned a few tricks that help me feel a lot better when I start feeling down with the winter blues.
The thing that makes me the most depressed in the winter is the lack of movement my body gets. I have found that if I continue to make exercise a priority during the winter months, I don’t feel as glum. My body continues to get exercise, even though I am not going outside to go for walks and taking my daughter to the park. I have found a lot of workouts that I enjoy doing inside, so I can stay comfortable inside while getting a good workout.
Something that goes hand in hand with exercise that I have also felt like is really helpful is the amount of water that I drink. I naturally drink more water during the summer. I feel thirsty more often when it is hot outside, so I tend to forget to drink it during the winter. I have to force myself to remember to drink water throughout the day. Drinking water is good for your overall health, but I also feel like it just helps me personally feel like all of those toxins are flushing out of my system and it helps me feel happier.
Essential oils help boost my mood as well. I like to rub uplifting oils on the bottoms of my feet and on my wrists. It took me a little while to be converted to essential oils, but I really do think they can help boost my mood throughout the winter.
I also really like aromatherapy to help my home feel happier. I use the Venta Aromatherapy line of scents to fill my home with whatever type of scent it needs. I just put it in my Venta Airwasher and it distributes the scent into the air. It is awesome!
They offer scents like Eucalyptus, Winter Dream, Citrus Garden, Relaxing, Refreshing, and Vanilla. I decide what kind of a feeling I want in my home that day and choose what aromatherapy scent to add to my Venta Airwasher. They really have helped add to the ambiance in our home. When we were all feeling pretty sick, the eucalyptus was incredible to have flowing through the air in our home.
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Another thing that I feel like helps me is to learn about something new. I like to find some sort of online course that I can take during the winter. It helps me have something to look forward to doing each day and I get to learn new things everyday. Where I am not a big reader, this is the perfect way for me to be able to work my brain out a little during the winter instead of curling up next to the fire to read a book.
My last tip is to find some cute layers to dress in. I know that it is tempting to dress in baggy, comfortable clothes during the winter. Don’t get me wrong, I wear those types of close often. I just find that when I put on a cute winter outfit, I feel a lot better about myself than when I am dressed like a slob. Take the time and make sure you dress nicely at least once a week. It will help boost your spirits and it may even convince you to get ready more often during the week. I also find that when I am dressed and ready for the day, I am more productive! So, give it a try!
I hope that these tips help you get through the rest of the winter with a smiling face and happy spirit!