Winter. It sucks. With the cold temperatures, snow and gray skies, it’s easy to see why lots of people suffer from a major case of the Winter Blues. Myself included.
But there are some ways to conquer these blah feelings! I’ve compiled a list of seven of my personal tried and true methods to beat the winter blues.
Crystals are great to help uplift your mood. They work both as a form of color therapy and their energy frequencies can help boost your mood. You can meditate with the crystals, carry them with you, set them around your home where you can see them. So many ways to use them. Some of the best crystals for the winter blues are:
- Orange calcite
- Red jasper
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2. Essential Oils
Essential oils are a must have for your arsenal of winter blues busting tools. Really, essential oils should be in your arsenal for life in general. Essential oils are some of the best and easiest ways to boost your mood. Put some in a diffuser, apply some topically or even smell it straight from the bottle.
Some of my favorites are:
- Citrus Bliss from dōTERRA
- Elevation from dōTERRA
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3. Lights and lamps
There are two types of lights for this category. The first would be a Light Box Therapy Light. These lights are supposed to mimic the suns natural light. Our bodies need sunlight to function properly. Part of the reason so many people feel down in the winter is due to the lack of sun. These lights help boost your vitamin D and other good stuff. You can find these lamps at stores like Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, etc. Make sure you’re getting a light therapy light though, otherwise it may not actually do much for you.
Another type of light to get is a Himalayan Salt Lamp. These are excellent for so many things. They emit negative ions into the air. Negative ions are responsible for the “feel good” energy around us. Negative ions are found naturally in places like the woods, beach, waterfalls. These salt lamps are a great way to boost these ions in your living space. These lights can be found on Amazon, Home Depot, etc.
When it’s cold and disgusting outside, we tend to hole up inside. Snuggled on the couch and staying warm and cozy. This also means that we are probably a lot less active than we are in the warmer months. Making sure to include some form of regular exercise into your day can really help you beat the blues. Exercise and body movement help to release endorphins and make you feel great. Try some easy indoor exercise like yoga. Even doing some sets of planks and crunches each day can be beneficial.
There are lots of holidays and festivities within the winter months. Which usually means lots of food and eating. It’s easy to consume lots of sugary and fried foods this time of year. It’s ok to indulge in some goodness every once in awhile. But try to increase the good foods. Make sure you’re getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet each day. Even increasing your intake of fruits and veggies can be helpful.
Ugh. I know. It’s COLD outside. But getting outside frequently, even when it’s cold, is really good for you. If you can, try to get outside for 10-15 minutes at least. Especially on sunny days. You’ll get the benefit of the sun plus the fresh air. Both of which can really boost your mood. Combining number 4 (exercise) with the outdoors is even better! Go for a short walk each day if you can.
Having a regular meditation practice is really great for your whole being. Especially during these winter months. Meditation helps to decrease your stress, tension and anxiety and in turn will help boost your mood.
Want to really kick the winter blues away? Go nuts and combine as many of these suggestions as you can!
Go for a short walk outside then come in and meditate. Make sure you have your salt lamp and light box on, with some oils in the diffuser and crystals in your hand. Once done meditating, make sure to refuel with a healthy snack. Woohoo!
What are your favorite ways to combat the winter blues?