8 Natural Mood-Boosters to Help Battle the Winter Blues
Lift your mood and spirit with these essentials, from happy lights to energizing oils.
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, shorter days and cold and flu season can make anyone feel more tired and irritable. If you're counting down the days until spring, consider these natural mood-boosting and health-promoting items to get you through winter.
Light Therapy Lamp
Aromatherapy is a great way to lift your mood and change your attitude. Certain essential oils, such as citrus and peppermint, have energizing properties and are known to spark creativity and focus. You can dab a drop on your wrists and temples, or use an oil diffuser to fill your home, workspace or car with motivational scents. This stone diffuser from Vitruvi is on the pricey side for a diffuser, but we can't help but love how sleek it looks! It's available in white, black, gray and terracotta, all of which would blend in seamlessly with any style of decor.
Getting quality sleep is essential to having the energy to tackle the day, and weighted blankets are a well-researched tool for improving sleep and reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. If you have the heat going full blast or you just run hot at night and are worried about overheating, we love this cooling weighted blanket from Baloo Living. At $169, it's cheaper than many weighted blankets on the market, but it's not too inexpensive to sacrifice on quality. A weighted blanket should be about 10 percent of your body weight, and this one is available in 12, 15 and 20 pounds. It features hooks on the corners so you can buy a duvet cover separately if you prefer a different color than white.
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Weighted blankets help stimulate pressure points to naturally improve mood and relaxation. Add one of these luxe covers to your home and start reaping the benefits.
On the other hand, if you're tired of constantly being cold, beat the winter chill by making your bed the coziest, warmest spot to come home to with a heated blanket.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
While there's not a lot of scientific research, Himalayan salt lamps are believed to help boost mood, improve sleep, ease allergies, purify the air and more. At the very least, they simply look cool and will bring a warm glow to your bedroom or workspace.
Staying hydrated is essential to staying healthy, especially if you drink a lot of tea, coffee or alcohol that can dehydrate you even more, but sometimes it's hard to remember to drink enough water throughout the day. Available in three colors, this smart water bottle actually lights up to remind you to drink more water — how cool is that?! It connects to an app and will also track your water intake.
If you're trying to stick to your yoga practice this year, it might be time to invest in a quality mat like Jade's most popular mat: the Jade Harmony Mat. It's 3/16" thick and offers great traction and cushion, so you won't slip around during poses, but will still feel comfortable and supported during meditative positions. The mats are made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, and Jade gives back to the earth by planting one tree for every mat purchased.
Gentle Sunrise 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.
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