Beat the Winter Blues

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Winter is among us and unless you are fortunate to live near the equator, you may be feeling the effects of winter depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD effects 10-20% of people in the U.S. alone and includes symptoms such as:

  • Irritability

  • Tiredness or low energy

  • Problems getting along with other people

  • Hypersensitivity to rejection

  • Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs

  • Oversleeping

  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates

  • Weight gain

Commencing at the end of fall and finally meeting its temporary demise in late spring, this havoc wreaking condition can feel like it goes on FOREVER. Don't let SAD be your temporary demise and utilize some of natures other gifts to beat these symptoms of depression.

1. Vitamin D

Oh the darkness! As the air gets colder and the nights get longer, thanks to that bloody time change, we lose one of nature's greatest gifts, the sunlight. Aside from literally brightening our days, the sun provides us with the almighty Vitamin D. Vitamin D is linked to Seratonin, which is our brains happy chemical. Supplement your diet with a Vitamin D pill, even if you are already taking a multi-vitamin.

2. Aromatherapy

If you don't already own a diffuser, go get one now! But if that's not in your budget, it doesn't mean that you can't benefit from the uplifting and soothing effects of essential oils. 70% of what you inhale will reach your bloodstream, so either inhale your essential oil directly from the bottle, put 2-3 drops of oil in a bowl or wine glass filled with water and place it next to your bed, or place several drops into your nightly bath in order to receive the benefits of aromatherapy. Another great idea is to purchase an empty rollerball perfume or spray bottle from your local Whole Foods or Amazon and create a perfume using a single or blend of essential oils, giving you and those around you the joy of actually carrying your aromatherapy with you everywhere you go! Here is a list of 7 essential oils that Abura recommends.

  1. Lavender

  2. Neroli (Orange Blossom)

  3. Bergamot

  4. Grapefruit

  5. Patchouli

  6. Sandalwood

  7. Sweet Orange

I strongly believe that it is the quality of the essential oil that counts and so I personally use Doterra or Aura Cacia Essential Oils at home and in Abura Products. My two personal favorite E.O.’s for when I am feeling the blues are Neroli and Sandalwood but I know that those are quite costly, so I frequently turn to Lavender, Bergamot or Patchouli when I am on a budget.

3. The Basics

Eat well, exercise, drink plenty of water and get some damn rest! These are the basics, folks, and it’s hard to live well without them. If you get the chance, take a brisk walk or go for a run during the few hours of strong sunlight. Trust me, your mind and body will thank you for it.

 

kate forman