Being from Texas, I tend to romanticize winter a bit too much - the snow, hot cocoa, fuzzy scarves. However, that doesn't mean that I'm not subject to getting the blues when temperatures are consistently in the single digits. Here are a few tried and true tips to get you through the chillier months. Enjoy!
1. Morning Lemon Water If you do one thing off this list, choose this one. Swapping out your first cup of coffee for warm water with the juice of half a lemon is not only hydrating, it helps cleanse your internal organs and prepares them for all the hard work they do during the day. The bright citrusy scent will also help motivate you for the day ahead.
2. Citrus Scents Citrus oils and scents can help perk you up and ease the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Essential oils and candles are my favorite ways to incorporate these scents into your daily routine. Put a few drops of lemon, orange, grapefruit, or bergamot into a warm bath or add a drop to your daily body moisturizer. Be careful not to use essential oils undiluted, but either in the bath or with a carrier oil or moisturizer (I use grape seed oil, but you could also use almond, avocado, or coconut). I just recently became obsessed with the Bonnie Body Balm candles we carry, especially the tangerine lavender scent. Light one up while you're in the bath and use the melted shea and cocoa butter concoction to moisturize once you get out! You'll smell absolutely divine.
3. Epsom Salts Speaking of baths, add a couple cups of epsom salts to the water while you're soaking. Not only will it relax you and soften your skin, the magnesium will lift your mood and flush toxins from your body. A giant bag costs mere pennies at the drugstore!
4. Take Your Vitamins Good nutrition is essential for keeping your mind, body, and spirit working in harmony with one another. During the winter months when we see little to no sun, a vitamin D supplement is crucial for keeping your immune system strong. A vitamin B complex can be useful for keeping your energy levels up, and don't forget about vitamin C! We tend to forget all of the wonders this popular vitamin can do, but it is essential for fighting winter bugs. I also incorporate a fish oil supplement into my daily routine, as it not only helps improve my mood and brain function, but keeps my skin hydrated when all the moisture is being drained by the air around me.
5. Exercise and Meditation I know the last thing most of us want to do when the air is freezing outside is to get our butts to the gym. However, the endorphins produced when exercising are a phenomenal way to bring you out of the deepest funk. I prefer practicing yoga when it's too cold to go running outside, and I also incorporate a small amount of meditation into my daily routine. Meditation helps to bring things back into perspective when dealing with stresses in life. Taking a small amount of time for yourself is essential for keeping yourself grounded - even if it's just 5 minutes a day.
Lastly, take some time to practice gratitude - be thankful for all of the things you have in your life, no matter how simple they are. Appreciate the rhythm of the season and how time seems to slow down, and use this time to invest in yourself and your relationships.
In health and happiness,
Disclaimer: As the author, I have based my writings upon my own experiences, beliefs, and extensive research regarding the topics covered in this blog. However, I am not a medical doctor, nurse, or medical professional formally qualified in this subject matter. The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. All diet and exercise decisions should be made with the approval of your health care provider. Please read and use the information that you derive from this blog appropriately and at your own risk.