The winter blues are upon us, but they don’t have to be. According to Cleveland Clinic having the “winter blues” is actually normal. You’re totally fine to feel a little down during the colder months. They refer to it as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Um, yeah, I know I get it. No matter where we live we’re bound to crave sunlight.
What can we do about it?
Here are the best 13 ways to naturally reduce the ‘winter blues’. I go from the most common to the most unique. My personal favorites are #9 and #13.
1- Get Outside…even if it’s cloudy.
2- Open up the shades and pullback the curtains.
Increase the amount of sunlight in your home. Open the shades and curtains. This is so incredibly healthy for your mind and wellbeing. In fact, this is probably one of my biggest pet-peeves. It will be a beautiful day outside and I’ll go visit a friend and they will have their blinds or curtains closed. Listen, people, you’re missing out on a lot of good stuff and entertainment from nature. Open the d@#n shades!
3- Take Vitamin D
Taking vitamin D3 also reduces upper respiratory infections…2020.
Who cares if it’s cloudy and gray outside! Bundle up and get out there. A bit of fresh air does a body and soul good.
5- Set a sleep schedule
When you’re on a sleep schedule, your body will naturally flow with it. It’s take a little time, but within a week or two you should be feeling the positive affects.
6- Look at what you’re eating.
Change up your diet and eat more Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts, flax seeds), berries, dark chocolate, and bananas are beneficial too. Source: Healthline.
7- Try Light Therapy
Light therapy also helps, but talk to your doctor first. There are a few lights to look at on Amazon. Here’s one that’s inexpensive to try: Miroco Light Therapy Lamp.
6 More Fun Things to Calm the Winter Blues
8- Add plants to your indoors
Some other fun things we can do to brighten our blue months (January and February) is to bring green plants into your living space. Having plants, even if they’re fake, gives off a fresh feel to the room. Try putting a houseplant or two in your kitchen. If you don’t do well with plants, and what I mean is keeping them alive, head to your favorite hobby store or hop on Amazon and pick up some fake greens.
9- Light it up inside!
Move your Christmas lights from your tree to other areas of your home. I have a fake tree in my kitchen; year-round I put a string of white lights on it and turn them on in the evening and early morning. In our basement, I have a string of lights on my fireplace mantel. A few lights can go a long way! If you don’t like the typical dark green string, get the white! You can find them on Amazon.
10- Turn your nose on
Fill your home with lovely smells. Honestly, I don’t know what it is about the smell of banana bread baking, but it brings warm hugs to my soul. Chicken soup does the same thing. Whatever your childhood favorite smell, make that smell happen!
11- Get into nature…with your ears
Play nature sounds. There are a lot of great nature sounds you can download. My personal favorites are the ones with birds, something that mimics my backyard in the warmer months. If the ocean is your favorite spot, tune into the sounds, and close your eyes.
12- Embrace the season
Welcome the stillness of the winter. Every year I find myself craving time alone when it’s snowing outside. Since I live in Michigan we get our share of snow. The snow has this magical way of quieting life down. One of my favorite places to be in winter is sitting in the snowbank at night…especially if it’s snowing!
13- Warm up the bones
Don’t forget to warm up your bones. If there is ever any sunshine, grab a camp chair and camp out in front of the window or door where the sunbeams shine through. I did this just the other day and my soul immediately felt better. No sun? Try your fireplace. No fireplace? Light a candle. No candles? Take a hot bath. No bathtub? A cup of hot chocolate or tea works too…with a pair of cozy socks.
Victory over the Winter Blues
Let’s beat the winter blues at it’s game. Shine light where you can and warm up your soul using all your senses. Be aware of your surroundings and how you can change them. You got this!
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