Battle the Winter Blues With These Must-Have Items

Lift your mood and spirit with these essentials, from happy lights to energizing oils.

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January 23, 2019

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Light Therapy

Seasonal Affective Disorder is no joke. It’s estimated that 10 million Americans suffer from seasonal depression every winter. And even if you’re not affected in an extreme way, chilly temps and shorter days tend to make everyone feel tired and more irritable. One way to combat the winter blues is by using light therapy. Mood-lifting lamps such as the Aura Daylight can help with your body’s natural circadian rhythm and melatonin production.

Buy It: Amazon, $98.89

Essential Oil Diffuser

Aromatherapy is a great way to lift your mood and change your attitude. Certain essential oils, such as citrus and eucalyptus, have energizing properties and are known to spark creativity. You can dab a drop on your wrists and temples, or use an oil diffuser to fill your home with motivational scents.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $65.00

Essential Oils on the Go

For aromatherapy on the go, throw a couple of these essential oil towelettes in your purse and carry-on. The lemon and orange towelettes have antibacterial properties in addition to energizing benefits. Who knew cleaning your keyboard could also be a spa treatment?

Buy It: Amazon, $16.00

Gentle Alarm Clock

Our bodies are hardwired to listen to the sun, and during the winter, waking up before the sun can be impossible for some. Instead of hitting snooze on your phone's alarm clock 15 times, invest in a dawn simulator. These alarms gently wake you up by mimicking the gradual increase in light like a sunrise.

Buy It: Amazon, $138.99

Chocolate Pick-Me-Up

Dark chocolate (70% cocoa and more) is packed with antioxidants and a great pick-me-up. For a 3 p.m. snack, try this superfood chia chocolate bark from Chuao Chocolate.

Buy It: Terrain, $5.00

Cozy Pillows

As soon as the first leaf drops and temperatures dip below 70, I switch out all of my pillows and throws to plush faux fur and faux sherpa. Having a cozy environment--especially a cozy couch--makes snow days stuck inside so much better.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $49.00

Yoga Mat

Meditation and yoga are great ways to combat stress anytime of the year. Just relaxing in Shavasana pose for 10 minutes helps me to decompress after a long day. It’s also a great break from too much screen time.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $49.00

Winter Candles

Candles are a great way to bring more light into your home during dark winter nights and they fill your home with relaxing scents. I’m a big fan of the hand-poured soy candles from Nebraska company Wax Buffalo. The appropriately-named Winter’s Eve candle smells like winter in a jar with notes of cedar and bergamot.

Buy It: Wax Buffalo, $22.00

String Lights

If you live in an apartment or dorm that doesn’t allow candles, string lights are a great way to get the same warm glow without open flames.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $64.00

Record Player

Like aromatherapy, music plays to your senses and can turnaround a bad day. If you’re feeling grouchy, try jamming out to your favorite album.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $99.00