How to Beat The Winter Blues
Hey Glam Fam!
A new year typically means that everyone is in a happier, more optimistic mood than usual. The promise of a fresh 12 months lends itself to a more joyful attitude. However, there are times when all of us get a case of the "winter blues".
For those of us that are more sensitive to seasonal shifts, the darker days and colder temperatures of the winter months can make it a little harder to present our upbeat persona to the world. Over the years, I've developed an action plan to help me fight through those instances when my mood needs a little pick-me-up.
Here are some of my personal tips for beating the "winter blues":
Bergamot Essential Oil: I love my essential oils and I especially use them during the winter months to help uplift my mood. Bergamot is a delicate citrus plant that Italians have used for years to reduce feelings of stress and create a calm, soothing environment. I'm actually diffusing it as I write this post. **Please use this oil aromatically (diffuse in the air). Always check with a doctor regarding any specific concerns.
Journal: Sometimes you just have to get all of your thoughts and feelings out of your head and onto the paper. Writing helps me process my thoughts, move past road blocks and recognize fear. I often feel lighter when after a good journaling session. So grab a cup of tea or coffee and write it out, girl!
Go for a walk or a drive: When we're feeling "off" or a little "blue" we tend to retreat into ourselves. It's okay to recharge by having some alone time, but that doesn't mean that you have to stay indoors. Sometimes the nice, crisp winter can do the trick and rejuvenate your spirit.
Eat a good, warm, healthy meal: If you're anything like me, the winter blues can send you running for the junk food. There's nothing wrong with treating yourself, but there has to be a healthy balance. Instead of leaning on comfort food, make an effort to eat green veggies, fruit and healthy protein (tofu for me). It's AMAZING how much of our mental well-being is tied to what we eat and our overall gut health.
Exercise: It may be the very last thing you feel like doing, but exercise can help release endorphins which may help elevate your mood. I'm not saying that you have to run a marathon. Simply find your favorite type of movement and set those endorphins free!
Seek counseling when needed: There are times when we each of us may have to seek out a reputable, professional counselor to help us work through our feelings and emotions. There is ZERO shame in going to counseling. I've done it in the past and I highly recommend it when needed.
I hope all of these suggestions help you beat the winter blues. Remember, seasons change and winter will eventually give way to spring.
'Til Next Time...
Stay Healthy & Glamorous,