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SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is common in the northern countries. For the ones who don’t know about it, here is a link from the government of Canada about the winter depression. With only a little sunlight during the winter month, sensitive people tend to fall slowly into depression. Especially in countries like Canada that have evolved in such a way that people don’t even have to go out for months if they don’t want to.
This isn’t such a good thing. Your body needs fresh air and sunlight. If you indulge the comfort of the mild indoor temperatures all year long, you won’t get far! I could tell you that the first thing to do is to actually go outside, but it’s a bit easy.
SAD is nothing to be compared to severe depression, but it’s a serious matter all the same because it can turn out pretty wrong. Take this disorder seriously if you or a relative seems to suffer the symptoms and take action immediately. If taken from the beginning, it’s really easy to get over it!
Here are my 3 tips to beat that invasive SAD, apart from going outside every day of course!
1- Use essential oils
I’ve been using essential oils for almost 20 years now, and there’s no way I’m giving them up. They have solved so many health issues in the family. But, apart from that, they are a great way to cheer up your grey days. Essential oils definitely affect your mindset, they can help you relax, or get some energy and motivation.
You can use them in a diffuser. It’s my favourite way to bring some energy indoor during the cold month. But you can also use them mixed with natural oil and massage them on your neck and temple.
The best brands to use are the ones that offer a high-quality level of course. Go for organic oils, always. If you don’t want to spend much, do your own blends yourself. I’ve created a Pinterest board with my favourite oils, and some go to recipes.
2- Listen to some music you love
There is no way we can quantify or put some precise figures, but studies have shown for years that music definitely influences your mood. Apparently, music even has been used before, during and after surgery to ease efficiently the pain and anxiety for some patients.
As long as you listen to some music you love, even sad music can switch your mood when you feel a bit low. So the best thing is to find some playlist for your different routines and tasks of the day. I have a peaceful but motivating playlist that I use when I’m working. It helps me focus. When I’m exercising I use a more motivating playlist one. Then, there are all these times when you are preparing meals or cleaning the home that you can use to cheer up your mood with one of your favourite playlists.
You can also dance while listening to your favourite music, that way you’ll increase your body energy and help your mood even better.
3- Fight the cold
I’m not saying that you should increase your indoor heater. I’m talking about the effect the outdoor cold is having on your body.
You should definitely not avoid going outside on a daily basis, and there’s no way complaining about it all along is going to help. Just embrace the whole situation and make the best of it. But help your body fight the biting cold too.
You have to take your nutrient. If you live in a cold country, chances are you are missing some vitamin D. Take some supplements to help balance that. Don’t forget the vitamin C and E for your hair, skin and nails. They are all together helping your body build a strong barrier against the cold.
If you feel like you are getting a bit more tired than usual, a cold may be on its way. Drink some Echinacea infusions, and have a rest. You would rather rest for a couple of days than being sick and exhausted for 3 weeks!
Drink a lot of water! Water is a must all year long, but we tend to forget about it during the winter because, well obviously it’s not so hot so we are far less thirsty. But your skin has almost the same needs for water during the winter and the summer. If you don’t drink enough water your skin will be dry and itchy. Using more body lotion won’t help as much as you drinking enough water.
Embrace and love the cold!
The colder months of the year are coming back every year. There’s no way complaining about them is going to make them disappear. On the other hand, if you spend 3 or 4 months complaining about the weather, chances are you are going to fill your mind with a bigger dose of negativity than you can handle. Nothing good can come from this.
If you really are suffering from the cold that much, you have to take action. Except if you are wealthy enough, you can’t afford to move somewhere else. The first thing to do is stop complaining. It will not solve your problem. I’ve read a French book a few years ago which title could be translated like so “Love the rain, love your life”. What is hidden behind this simple sentence is that if you learn to love rain, then you are ready to make the best of anything life could bring to you. I would say the same about the weather in general.
As we are not choosing the weather but mother nature is, we better be enjoying it instead of fighting it. First, we are saving our precious positive energy. Second, it’s a good philosophy in life! Fight for what you can change, make the best of everything else!
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