As the darker winter months settle in, it’s common to find yourself feeling a little more lethargic. Many of us may even experience the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This type of depression, often related to changes in seasons, can leave us feeling low on energy and enthusiasm.

However, there are several ways to lift your spirits and bring warmth to these cold days. Let’s dive into some strategies to beat the winter blues and infuse your life with positivity. 💪

1. Get Moving: 

Physical activity is a powerful mood booster. When we’re feeling low energy, it can be a struggle to get started, but trust me, that’s when you need it the most. Whether it’s a brisk walk in the winter air, a home workout, or dancing to your favorite tunes, get your body moving and release those feel-good endorphins.


2. Light Therapy💡

The limited daylight in winter can impact your mood. Consider investing in a light therapy box to mimic natural sunlight, or simply spend more time outdoors during the daylight hours. I’m personally trying out this desk lamp to boost the mood in my dark office.


3. Vitamin D Boost: 🍊

Most people are deficient in Vitamin D, especially in the winter months. Take a look at your annual blood work and make sure your Vitamin D levels are optimal (60-80 ng/mL). Combat the lack of sunlight with foods rich in vitamin D, such as fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, eggs, and a high quality vitamin D supplement that includes a healthy fat for better absorption.


4. Aromatherapy: 🍊

Scents can have a profound impact on mood. Experiment with essential oils like citrus for energy or lavender for relaxation. I like to keep an oil diffuser at my desk as well as on my nightside table


5. Socialize: 📞 

Stay connected with loved ones, even if it’s through virtual means. Social interactions are crucial for maintaining mental well-being. I like to combine a walk with talking with a friend to boost my mood.


6. Bring Nature In: 🌺

Take a tip from Miley Cyrus and buy yourself flowers. Pick some bright colored ones and spread the cheer around by placing a few blooms in various places around your home


7. Plan Something to Look Forward To: 

Whether it’s a small weekend getaway, a virtual game night, or a creative project, having something on the horizon can brighten your mood. 

I’m curious, do you get the winter blues? Let me know if you do and if you give any of the above tips a try. 

Here’s to a winter filled with warmth and joy!

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