Tips to counteract seasonal affective disorder + Improve Mood Naturally
This time of year the days are shorter, the air has a frosty bite to it, and our exposure to the bright, warm, mood-lifting sunshine is at it's lowest, especially if you're living in Canada or in the Northern Hemisphere. This can have a profound effect on our mood, sometimes leading to Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known more casually as the "winter blues". Symptoms include depression, low energy, headaches, moodiness, irritability, and weight gain or loss. Luckily there are some preventative measures you can take to decrease this season's effect on your mood and health and increase the ability to be just as happy in the winter as you may be in the middle of summer! Here are some tips on how to love winter and start looking on the brighter side of the season:
Get outside and Get Moving
Although the angle of the sun this time of year isn't conducive to the type of sun exposure we need to create vitamin D, it's still important to get outside when you can, especially on those crisp and sunny winter days. Fresh air and exercise can do wonders for our mood. It's easy to stay inside all winter and get stuck in a rut but it's important to get outside and get your circulation flowing. Obviously it's important to stay warm so be sure to bundle up and get outside for a walk on a nice clear day and try to point out the things that you DO love about winter: the diamond-like snowflakes falling to the ground, the peace and quiet of nature. Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing are both great acitivities to take part in this time of year for some exersize and as an excuse to get into nature. If it's too cold on a particular day to get outside, head to your local indoor botanical gardens to admire some tropical flowers in a humid, moist environment. You can also try practising some yoga postures near a window in your home, or attend a hot yoga class. It's a great way to get moving without having to brave the colder and gloomier days of winter!
Essential oils + Aromatherapy
Furthermore, we offer custom aromatherapy facials which provide a great way to treat yourself, take care of your skin and body, and just relax. We're here for you whenever you need a little extra love! You can book appointments with our wonderful holistic aestheticians by clicking here!
Additionally, swapping your daily coffee boost for teas that will support your nervous system and help promote energy naturally is a great simple step to take. Getting hooked and reliant on coffee tends to wreak haywire on the nervous system leading to unnecessary anxiety and feelings of nervousness and fear. Check out our upcoming post on how to reduce your intake of coffee if you need a little help kicking the habit.
If you have any questions or tips on what helps you get through the winter months, feel free to comment below! We'd love to hear what you think.
Hang in there, the summertime sun is on it's way!
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