Do you ever feel a little less than motivated when those grey, dreary clouds hide the sun for more than a few days? Yeah, me too. Big time.
I grew up in Northern Nevada where the sun shines well over 300 days a year-even when it’s freezing. I think that has something to do with the fact that if I go more than a few days without seeing the sunshine, I begin to feel drained and sad and altogether not myself. One of my biggest adjustments for me when it comes to #RVlife has been dealing with the emotional effects of winter in places where it’s dreary and grey for long periods of time. I never realized how big of an effect it had on me until we began traveling full-time. So I’ve had to create some healthy habits to turn to in order to get out of the funk and back into flow. Here are a few of my favorites.
Of course. I like to diffuse Elevation (aka “The Joyful Blend”) on days like this beacuse it’s basically sunshine in a bottle. It pairs really well with Arborvitae, which is grounding and woodsy. I also like to apply the Motivate blend to my pulse points and inhale it deeply to help me reclaim my inspiration. Adding citrus oils to your water can be another great way to get some mood-boosting oils your system. Try Green Mandarin or Grapefruit for a fun, refreshing flavor.
Since I’m really just beginning to learn about the healing benefits of crystals, I tend to go with my intuition here and just grab whatever calls to me from my “box of rocks” (as my hubby has aptly named it). Yellow or white stones such as quartz, citrine, and calcite are bright and fun to look at but I say go with what you makes you feel good.
The act of “smudging” or burning sage is a great way to clear the energy in your space and reset your environment. As you sage your body and home, try repeating some happy affirmations that remind you how creative and amazing you are. I like to keep it simple with things like, “I am joyful,” I love to create new things,” and “I find happiness everywhere.” For more information on using sage, check out this blog post HERE.
Because we’re all basically cucumbers with emotions. Try to shoot for drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day, plus 10 for good measure. (For example: If you weigh 180 pounds, your goal for daily water intake is 100 ounces.) Your digestive system, skin, and mood will be happier when properly hydrated.
We tend to crave “comfort foods” in times like these, in order to find ways to soothe ourselves. This can easily lead to other physical and emotional issues such as inflammation, irritability, and poor sleep. Try to avoid processed foods, empty carbohydrates, and sugar as much as you can. Turn to nutrient-dense foods with healthy fats like curry, green smoothies, or a big salad. Remember, 70% of our seratonin in made in our guts. A happy gut = a happy you. Taking high-qulaity digestive enzymes and a probiotic can also help support gut health. I take Terrazyme and PBAssist daily.
Find a rockin’ playlist and just let loose! Or create yourself a modern day “mixed-tape” on your favorite music app. Maybe even record your fun, dancing self and share on social media to inspire others to do the same.
This is a big one. When we exercise, our body naturally produces chemicals that make us feel good. So even thought it’s cold and dreary, make it a point to move your body in a way that seems right for you. Do some yoga, take a brisk walk, move through a cardio circuit, or just make time for light stretching.
Using a light therapy box can provide you with some relief during the depths of winter. Before making a purchase, you’ll want to make sure the light box you chose emits as little UV light as possible, and provides 10,000 lux of light. Try using it for 20-30 minutes, within the first hour of waking. Keep the light box about two feet away from your face and use it with your eyes open, but without looking directly at the light. I like this one because it’s super compact.
No matter what you decide to do, know that you are not alone and that you always have options to help yourself. Also, contact your doctor if you’re feeling really low for an extended period of time. Share with them what you’ve already done, so you can work together to create a plan to get you back on track. Here’s to making our own sunshine, babe!
Check out my YouTube video on naturally beating those winter blues!