The winter blahs.
Admit it, even you are one of those rare winter-loving spoonies, you’ve been hit by the winter blahs at one time or another. It ca effect our energy, focus and mood and put our hormone levels all out of balance. Dealing with RA is enough – I don’t need the winter months to add anything else to my plate – if you have any chronic issues, you know EXACTLY what this girl is talking about.
Many people deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Up to 20% of the population in the US deals with this to some degree. Shorter days mess with circadian rhythms and less time outside equals lower Vitamin D levels. But whether it’s SAD or you simply struggle with the winter blahs, hormone levels can have huge effects on your health.
Often in the winter months our serotonin levels take a dip. When serotonin levels are down, your energy, mood, and focus drops. Serotonin helps regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. (1) We can also see an increase in melatonin – which accounts for the groggy/sleepy feeling many of us experience (mid-day sleepies? Yup, that’s me sometimes)
Let’s take a look at a simple way you can support your body and reduce the blahs.
Aromatherapy is probably one of the simplest, most pleasant solutions out there. When we breathe in essential oils, we stimulate the olfactory bulb which in turn have nerve endings that stimulate the limbic system: the part of the brain associated with memories and …
. emotions. So by choosing oils that can support positive mood, help us deal with stress, or even support healthy hormone production, we are improving how we handle winter. Yeah. I’ll probably still want to stay bundled up in my heated blanket, but at least I’ll have a better attitude about it. LOL!
Here are just a few of MANY oils that you can add to your diffuser (yes, I think EVERYONE needs a diffuser in their life):
Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content. It promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings when diffused, It’s a great antioxidant that will reduce feelings of tiredness and uplift your spirit.
With both calming and uplifting abilities, Bergamot can dissipate anxious and sad feelings while simultaneously providing cleansing and purifying benefits. If you struggle with feeling agitated or have trouble getting restful sleep, Bergamot could be your secret “beat the winter blahs” weapon.
Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood. It supports healthy production of seratonin and dopamine, important hormones for mood and emotion. I love how invigorating it is.
Lavender is an extremely versatile oil as it has calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension. Reducing anxious feelings and dealing with stress better go a long way to improving your overall state of mind.
Peppermint can be used aromatically to enliven the senses and promote a feeling of energy. It’s definitely a go-to for me when energy is dropping. I’ll either put it in the diffuser or even just add the tiniest bit to my palm then cup&inhale. The high menthol content helps open airways and give you a gentle but powerful boost.
Try any of these oils in combination in your diffuser. Basil, Lemon, and Peppermint make a surprisingly delightful blend or aromas that helps me a lot on dreary winter days. You’ll be amazed at how many different bright, sunny combinations you can concoct! I love feeling like a slightly-mad scientist. 😂
If ditching the winter blahs is appealing to you, let’s talk some more. There are some fab options to get started from “Just the Basics” to starter sets that have more options. Either way, we’ll find the right answer for you. Schedule a call with me today!