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This time of year, lots of people begin to fall into the winter blues. Social life slows down, the temperatures drop, the days get shorter and all of sudden, you want to stay in bed all day.

Seasonal Depression

The winter blues is believed to be from a chemical changes in the brain, due to the changing of the seasons and are more common in the northern part of the US, than the south. You may have seasonal depression if you experience less energy, the need for more sleep, fatigue or weight gain.

There are some things you can do to lessen the symptoms.

A few years ago, I was struggling with depression and this time of year, I find myself slipping back into the slump. I remember, all too well, how it felt to be there and never want to be there again. You can learn more about me here and here.

Here are 5 things I do to prevent the winter blues.

1. Get back to nature.
With less natural light coming in through your windows at home or the office, a quick walk through the park or having your morning coffee outside can help get your daily dose of vitamin D.

2. Get Social.
Having lunch with a friend or even going window shopping can allow you to connect with real humans. With more jobs going virtual and most interaction happening on social media, it can get lonely. But connecting face to face, with a real person, can help bring you out of a slump. Make it a goal to meet a friend or co-worker once a week.

3. Get showered and dressed, as soon as possible.
Those battling depression tend to be lazy and linger in their pjs all day. Getting a shower and dressed for the day wakes you up and can bring new energy and motivation for the day.

4. Eat well.
It is easy to grab the first thing you see in the cupboard, cereal anyone? However, a meal made of whole foods – again, back to nature – prompts a different reaction in the brain. Eat a balanced meal 3-5 times a day, with protein, complex carbs and lots of whole fruits and vegetables.

 

5. Essential Oils.
Essential oils are great for lifting the spirits and can provide mood lift. My favorites include peppermint, cedarwood, and citrus blends, such as lemon, tangerine and grapefruit. Add to a diffuser or dilute in some coconut oil and apply topically to the temples of your forehead or behind your ears.
I get my essential oils through Thrive Market .

 

I hope these tips are helpful and help keep your spirits up. What do you do to keep your spirits up, in the cold, winter months?

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