When winter strikes, it can be difficult to slay the seasonal depression. Which is why today is dedicated to five natural ways to cure the winter blues.
You can only organize your closets or clean your home so much before you get cabin fever and need new and creative ways to distract you from the brutally of winter. Being stuck indoors, not soaking up as much vitamin D or getting as much serotonin from the sun also doesn’t seem to help the cause. It only makes it worse.
That’s why all you need is a little motivation to help you beat the onslaught of the winter blues to get you back to feeling like you did when you were out and about during the summer months.
Let’s get started with some tips on how to beat the winter blues, shall we?
1- Create a tropical oasis for a weekend staycay
If you’re going to be stuck indoors, you might as well make the most of it with a tropical weekend stacay. Get the tropical vibes going on in your home to transport yourself to an entirely different reality. A reality where you’re reminded of your favorite beach vacation or even somewhere that’s on your bucket list by replicating the ambience.
Stimulate your creative juices and allow your imagination to run wild. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on this either. In fact, it should be your goal to make this as affordable as possible to test your creativity.
Devote one entire weekend to having your own tropical festival. Do it solo or have friends over and turn it into a potluck with beach vibes.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started in your own tropical stacay:
- decorate your home with bright colors
- fill up small vases with sand and seashells
- accent with colorful pillows and beach towels
- cook up a storm of Caribbean food
- make tropical drinks
- crank up the heat
- prance around in summer attire
Again, those are just a few suggestions to help you create a summer oasis. Explore your senses and transform your home into whatever you want it to be. Let’s move onto the next step.
2- Use tropical scented candles
Though the smell of Balsam fir, pine, and evergreen during the winter months makes your home so cozy and inviting, they don’t do you any good if you’re stuck daydreaming about the beach. Which is why using tropical scented candles is the recipe to cure the winter blues.
Having a scent that’s evocative of fun in the sun will do just the trick. You can even have one burning at work so you’re reminded of the carefree ways of summer while you’re cooped up indoors.
Think coconuts, beach sand, or hibiscus. Even citrus scents will do because they’re so invigorating. If candles aren’t your thing, use essential oils in a diffuser.
Having anything beachy will instantly bring you back to the dog days of summer. Which brings me to the next tip of natural ways to cure the winter blues.
3- Go coconuts with body care
Not only is coconut oil such a great holistic approach to beauty, it smells absolutely delicious and reminds you of warmer days.
Start incorporating coconut oil in your beauty routine and you may just get instantly hooked. You can use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover, face cleanser, body moisturizer, deep conditioning hair mask, and even toothpaste. The list goes on and on for the myriad of uses with coconut oil so use it for whatever butters your muffin.
If you need an extra boost of tropical vibes going on, add essential oils that have a summer inducing scent to coconut oil for your body moisturizer, body scrub, or hair mask.
I wouldn’t recommend any essential oils if you’re planning on using the coconut oil as an eye makeup remover or face wash. Because if you have sensitive skin, they can cause breakouts and well, you don’t want the essential oils burning your eyes. You don’t have to worry about coconut oil because it’s so gentle on the face and eye area.
Now that you’ve incorporated coconut oil into your beauty routine, it’s time to make sure your mental health is up to par, which brings me to the next tip.
4- Take vitamin D
Because we’re hibernating during the winter, it’s hard to soak up all that delicious goodness of the sun. Which means that we have to find other ways of replenishing our bodies with what we’re lacking.
That’s what makes vitamin D a great alternative when you don’t have the sun’s rays shining on you. You do have to be careful with his though.
I’m not trying to be the purveyor of doom and gloom, but I do have to warn you of the risk of taking too much vitamin D. More than 10,000 iu a day taken for more than six months can cause depression. So, if you’re taking any other vitamins and supplements that contain vitamin D, limit your dosage.
It’s not that vitamin D is bad for you because it’s not. Like everything else, it’s about taking it in moderation. Be mindful of the dosage, that’s all.
Lets get onto the last and final natural way to cure the winter blues, which acts as a natural anti-depressant, just like vitamin D.
5- Keep some green in the home
If taking vitamin D isn’t your thing, then keeping greenery in your home is the perfect remedy for the seasonal blues. They make your air cleaner with some acting as a mood stabilizer. So if you live in a big city, this will be a nice reprieve from all the toxins you’re breathing in on a daily basis.
Plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Basically, there’s no way that you can’t find something that suits your tastes. You can even find some tropical plants to spruce up your home to keep the summer vibes going on year round.
If you lack a green thumb, find plants that only need watering once a week. Or you can purchase succulents or air plants.
Not to mention, plants make a great investment because this isn’t decor that you’ll get tired of. You get to add some flair while also getting healthier from the new and fresh oxygen you’re getting. It’s a win win if you ask me.
They can even be propagated so you can buy a larger one and create new plants with clippings to scatter around your home. The possibilities of how to decorate your home with the varietals of plants are endless. Along with the myriad of health benefits, you’d almost be crazy not to have any in your home.
There you have it. Five natural ways to cure the winter blues. Don’t remain in purgatory when you can have a totally different reality. Transform your mind and body health to get you out of the funk and bring in a better tomorrow.
How do you cure the winter blues? Let me know in the comments below.
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See ya soon.
In the meantime, stay zenspired!
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