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I’ve shared before about my struggles with anxiety and depression, and in the winter months, things can feel really out of control with my mental health. This year, I am doing EVERYTHING I can to support my mental health and help myself stay happy and healthy, even when it is cold and dark out.
1// Replace your caffeine with herbal tea.
The reason I am currently loving Pukka teas is because they are 100% organic and very mindful of their carbon footprint. Their newest data shows that their biggest carbon impact comes from people boiling water for their teas- which is pretty impressive. Drinking a cup of this stuff helps me reset, no matter what time of day it is.
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2// Fill your space with warmth.
Light candles. Open the blinds. Invest in a space heater. The more literal and visual warmth you can bring into your space, the better.
3// Stretch your body.
When you’re depressed, the last thing you want to do is workout. So sometimes, the simplest thing you can do is stretch. I like to do simple stretching in the morning to loosen up and get the blood flowing, and a more guided yoga routine at night. No need to go to a class if you aren’t up to it. The Internet is overflowing with amazing yoga teachers that have created online videos for you.
4// Fill up on greens.
It can be tempting to fill up on comfort food in the colder months. When you’re feeling down, the last thing you want to do is eat a salad. So find a way to get more veggies- and specifically, greens- in you. Try soups, warm salads or simply adding roasted veggies to lunch and dinner.
5// Get outside of yourself.
When I’m feeling depressed in the winter, nine times out of ten, what I really need is some fresh air. All it takes is a simple walk outside to get the blood flowing and to remind me that life is bigger than my brain. Doesn’t matter where, when or how cold or dark- get outside and take a short walk.
6// Use essential oils to help you heal.
You know that I am a big supporter of essential oils because I love using plants to support my life. Try diffuse oils like lavender, peppermint and lemon to create a refreshing blend. Anything with citrus will lift your spirits and help you reset your mind.
While I hope you never have to walk through the anxiety and depression journey, if you do, I hope these tips are helpful and help you find some comfort during the colder months. Remember you are loved and you are not alone!