Let’s face it, everyone feels a bit down in January and even February. Actually, I even hate the change from Summer into Autumn. Something about watching a day turn into darkness makes me feel lonely. I don’t start to feel myself again until I see some spring flowers in March and April. I hate finishing work in the dark and not being able to spend my evenings in the garden surrounded by nature.
Maybe I suffer from SAD’s , or maybe it’s just a generic Irish trait. So here are my tips on over coming the downer that is the month of January.
Get yourself some Vitamin D supplements!
Vitamin D acts on the areas of your brain that are linked to depression. We naturally produce vitamin D in our bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight and due to our absolute lack of sun at the best of times that is why all Irish people need to take a supplement in Winter. When you think about it, it makes so much sense. Irish people can be so negitive… i say, lack of vitamin D.
Eat a diet high in fruit, veg and natural foods and exercise!
Processed food makes us feel sluggish, heavy, tired and the high suger content once the initial rush goes can leave us feeling low. Juicing is a great way to get lots of veg into you. Good food = happy body = happy mind! Exercising releases natural happy endorphins so get active too.
House Plants My house plants are my only link to nature in the winter. Get some greenery into your home and watch it blossom and add colour to the dullest of days. Some plants are brilliant for purifying the air in your home although all plants will produce some fresh O2 for you. I love bonsai trees because they constantly need pruning which means long evenings can be filled with with plant care even in winter.
Essential oils and Aroma diffusers
Aroma diffusers are small plug in devices that disperse essential oil into the air around you while also adding moisture to the air. Essential oils enhance our phycical and psychological well being sending signals to our brain acting as a healing therapy. The oils are absorbed thorough the skin and carried in your blood stream therefore promoting whole body healing.
Essential oils can relieve stress, anxiety and fatigue as well as boost memory and promote health. Mixtures can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be. You can usually use 10-15 drops of essential oils in the diffusiors. You could simply add your favoutite one, mine is lavander! or you can mix them for different effects.
here are some mixtures I found helpful;
if you have a cold or flu you can wake up your immune system by mixing scots pine, eucalyptus, tea tree, mandravasarotra. To clean the air and ease breathing mix eucalyptus radiata, eucalyptus dives, maritime pine and green mint. relaxing mixes include bergamot, sweet orange, lime, lemon, neroli, frankincense.
And remember, summer is never to far away x