Self care: 10 healing things to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

It's that time of year. Daylight savings time, shorter days, less sunshine, and colder weather. Some of us easily embrace the hygge yet others painfully struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

In an effort to offer some comfort, we've made a list of 10 healing things one can do to combat SAD. If you know someone who suffers, please share with them and check in on them as the winter progresses, that will make number 9 easier! 

1. Prioritize hydration:
The dry, cold air of winter can dehydrate your skin, making it more susceptible to cracking and irritation. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and use a non-toxic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

2. Nourish your skin with topical oils: Apply natural oils like  jojoba oil, or almond oil to your skin after a shower or bath to lock in moisture and prevent dryness. These oils are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that can help protect your skin from the harsh effects of winter weather.

3. Indulge in a warm bath or shower: A warm bath or shower can help soothe dry skin and muscles, providing a sense of relaxation and relief from the cold. Add a few drops of essential oils like lavender to your bath for an extra dose of tranquility.

4. Embrace the power of aromatherapy: Essential oils can be a powerful tool for self-care during the winter months. Diffuse essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus to create a calming and uplifting atmosphere in your home. These oils can also be used topically to relieve headaches, muscle aches, and respiratory congestion.

5. Nourish your body with healthy foods: Make an effort to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains during the winter months to support your immune system and provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks, which can deplete your body of nutrients and make you feel more tired and sluggish. Need ideas? Send us a note, Michaela is our in-house nutrition coach. 

6. Get enough sleep: When you're well-rested, you're better able to cope with stress and fight off illness. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night during the winter months to help your body recharge and rejuvenate.

7. Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques: Take some time each day to relax and de-stress. Practice mindfulness techniques like meditation or deep breathing to help manage stress and anxiety. Engaging in activities like yoga or tai chi can also promote relaxation and improve your overall well-being. Need guidance? Send us a note, Dawn is our in-house energy worker. 

8. Spend time in nature: Even on cold, sunny days, spending time outdoors can be beneficial for your physical and mental health. Take a walk through the woods, go for a hike, or simply sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.

9. Connect with loved ones: Make an effort to connect with friends and family during the winter months. Social interaction can help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can be exacerbated during the colder months.

10. Prioritize self-care: Winter can be a challenging time for many people. Make sure to prioritize your physical and mental health by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Take care of yourself, and you'll be better able to enjoy the winter season.

Above all, remember you are not alone. We are always here for you. Whether you reach out via chat, email or telephone we will do our best to lighten your load. 

love and light, 



Additional resources:

On top of aromatherapy other easily accessible tools could be vitamin D, light therapy, meditation, and exercise. There really are so many resources for life warriors when we look for them. I always share these two when asked:

Pure Energy Apothecary's own Brand Ambassador, Morella Devost, EdM, MA

National Suicide Prevention hotline Call 1-800-273-8255

For those of you who suffer with S.A.D. know our doors are always open to you, we are here to listen and support however you need us too. Email is available 24/7 and during the week you can reach us at 802.399.2418 or on our web chat.

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