by Vanessa Gillis
Ah, the winter blues. They come around every year and although I think things will be fine, these feelings sneak up without my realizing it and I find myself in a funk. I have delt with depression periodically for many years, so it’s no surprise to me, but there’s something about about SAD that can be a real drag. That being said, today is a good day and on good days, I like to be proactive and really think clearly about what helps me feel better. Everyone is different, and needs different things, but here is a list of things that has continued to help me beat the Winter blues. No specific combination of things will work for everyone, but I hope that some of these ideas resonate with you and help you feel better, even if just for a few moments.
1. Get outside: This is something that I really have to force myself to do because it’s so much easier to hunker down and hibernate for the winter, but it helps. I’m tying to make an effort to get outside for some vitamin D and fresh air everyday, no matter the weather.
2. Socialize: Once again, during the cold Winter months, it can be easy to decline going out and stay in with takeout and pjs. I always find it tough to get out the door, but once I’m with friends having a laugh, I remember why I forced myself to get out of the house in the first place. Being around people gives a much-needed energy boost.
3. Keep a gratitude journal: This is something I don’t do enough, but when I do, it helps. It allows me to stop and think of what really matters and helps me to put things into perspective and to take a moment to be thankful for everyone and everything in my life that are important.
4. Essential oils: Aromatherapy is a must for me. I like to mix a few drops of oil with water in a spray bottle and use to mist my face or use in a diffuser. My favorite uplifting scents are grapefruit and orange.
5. Clean eating: I cringe just writing this since all I want to do in the Winter is hunker down and eat comfort food until the snow melts and the birds start chirping again. However, as we all know, the better you eat, the better you’ll feel. It doesn’t mean that I’m going stop eating the good stuff, but I have been trying to make a conscious effort to get enough of what I need to have balance. On top of the eating, supplements can play an important role to help fill the gaps. I usually stick to a good dose of vitamin D and a B-complex vitamin.
6. Exercise: I am definitely not someone who makes it a priority to exercise everyday, so it has to be convenient as possible. During the Winter months, we ski every weekend, but to get a real sweat on, I usually just follow yoga videos or interval workouts on youtube. Short and sweet! If you like power yoga, I suggest alo yoga or Cat Meffan Yoga .