banishing the winter blues

Winter blues

 

I’m sure you’ve all heard the lovely news that we have six more weeks of winter. I am not looking forward to more cold months! There’s always those of us who can’t stand the colder months and experience depression and angst during this weather. Seasonal depression is a real thing and effects many people every year.

If you’re like me and aching for the warm, summer days when you aren’t locked up inside beneath a couple dozen blankets with no sun in sight, I’ve got a few simple remedies!

1) Sunshine

I know it’s hard to come by when it’s dark and dreary out but when there is sun, soak it up! I love having my curtains open as much as possible and I sit outside if it’s not too cold. Go for a quick walk with your dog or alone and enjoy the warm rays. If the weather is feeling nice, maybe a warmer day, open those windows!

2) Stay social

Don’t lock yourself up inside when winter comes. Go out with your friends and have some fun! Happiness is always a cure for the blues. Going out and being with other people can help keep you from feeling isolated and sluggish.

?3) Take care of yourself

During these icky months, you have to take care of yourself! It’s easy to get caught up with work, school, family, and everything but yourself. Try journaling, taking a hot bath with salts or a bath bomb, pamper yourself, and try eating healthy! By cutting back on stimulants, like caffeine and alcohol, your body won’t be hyperactive and stressed. Don’t forget to exercise! Exercise increases serotonin and endorphin levels. And remember, happy people just don’t kill their husbands. :)

4) Colors

Different colors can have effects on your mood. By surrounding yourself with warm colors like yellows, oranges, and reds, you can create an inviting and cheery environment. I love decorating with warmer colors during the winter because I feel much more alive and joyful. Try a throw pillow, blanket, or some bright flowers!

5) Appreciate the beautiful moments

It gets so easy to continue on with our lives and getting stuck in the depression that winter brings. , but if you take a few minutes each day to look around and see beauty, you won’t feel so low. I love watching my puppies play in the snow, the sun peeking through branches, or the way icicles drip off roofs. Take pictures with people you love, enjoy the hot tea in your palms, the crips pages under your fingers.

6) Essential oils

I have recently fallen deeply in love with essential oils. Cheery scents such as jasmine and lemon are great for perking up your mood. Try applying a drop on your wrists, jawline, and dab the rest under your nose to keep the smell all day.

I hope you all perk up a little even if the sky is dark and the roads are nasty! Have a fantastic week!

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