If you live in the Northeast, it seems like winter will never end. When we get a little glimps of sunshine, we aren’t even sure what it is! 40 degrees seems like a heat wave!
Even though it’s February, we still have at least a month left of winter, if not two. I just want some spring, a beach, and a good book! But my wishing won’t do much to bring some spring, so I am going to share my little survival tips to get through the last leg of winter!
So let’s jump in!
1. Vitamin D
In the Northeast, every doctor will recommend a Vitamin D Supplement. There literally isn’t enough sunshine to get enough natural Vitamin D in the winter time. Doterra’s Life Long Vitality Supplements actually has some extra Vitamins too!
I totally notice a difference when I take some extra Vitamin D. It’s called “The Sunshine Pill” for a reason! I feel like I have more energy and like I am just generally happier when I take it in the winter. Obviously talk to your doctor before starting anything like this, but it totally helps me get through the end of winter!
2. Citrus Oils
Citrus essential oils are known to be very uplifting to your mood and energy. It’s because they contain the natural chemical constituent called linalool, which is very pleasant and uplifting.
Out of the citrus essential oils, Red Mandarin actually has the highest levels of linalool, so if you feel like you need a pretty big boost, I would definitely use this one. However, it’s a special edition from doterra, so they don’t regularly sell it. It typically comes in special promotions. But, if you want some, let me know and I can keep an eye on the promotions and let you know when it’s available!
If you don’t have Red Mandarin, no worries! Other citruses are awesome too! I personally love Wild Orange, Tangerine, Bergamot, and Lime. Doterra also has some awesome blends like Cheer, Elevation, and Citrus Bliss that are amazing as well!
I love to diffuse citruses! Aromatherapy is an awesome way to boost your mood and energy! If you don’t have a diffuser though, that’s okay! You can add a drop or two of each oil you are using to the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, cup your hands over your nose, and take several deep breaths in for aromatherapy without a diffuser.
You can also put some oils in your hair, on your chest and wrists, on a scarf, or on a piece of diffuser jewelry for aromatherapy as well! These methods are great for aromatherapy on the go!
3. Menthol Oils
So citrus oils are known for their uplifting properties, and menthol oils are known for their energizing properties. Because of that, they blend together really well!
So, if you are just feeling down and tired this winter, try using some menthol oils with your citrus oils.
*Disclaimer: Some parents of small children are uncomfortable with even diffusing a small amount of menthol oils around their kids, due to a possibility of respiratory inhibition. This is not a cut and dry issue, though, as some parents use them on and around their small children with no issues at all. Please do your own research and do what you are personally comfortable with.*
My favorite menthol oils are Spearmint, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Wintergreen. Spearmint is actually my all time favorite, just because it is a very gentle menthol, and doesn’t kick you in the face if you know what I mean.
Along for energy, I use it to help ease nausea and promote clear thinking and speech, just by smelling it!
Mix them together with citrus oils in diffuser blends, put a few drops in your shower in the morning, inhale straight from the bottle, or whatever aromatherapy method works for you! These will definitely help to get you through the rest of winter!
4. Move Your Body
The last thing I am motivated to do in the long, dark winters is to get up and somehow intentionally move my body for the day. It’s just not something that I really want to do! But, I always feel a bit more energized, and better about myself when I do. And you could always use a little bit more of that in the winter.
So, make sure to remember to move your body! This can and should be personalized to your health, your body, and your schedule.
Because of my chronic illness, POT Syndrome, I can’t do the typical exercise. I have had to get a bit creative, because while it’s a real possibility of me passing out during exercise, it’s not really healthy for me to not move my body at all. So even if it is just a 5 minute walk, or a few minutes with my 2 pound weights, I really aim to do something.
What I have been loving lately is very gentle yoga. For me, it’s like strength training from my own body. I can start where I am, and build as I go!
Some other great exercise ideas are:
- Going to the Gym
- Jump roping
- Riding your bike (although, that may not be possible in winter)
- Yoga with friends
- Really anything to intentionally move your body!
5. Eating Your Greens
So this is something that I totally struggle with. My body craves greens, but I don’t like a lot of them. It also seems almost impossible to get all of your servings in unless you eat salad for every single meal of the day.
However, I do notice just a huge difference in my mood, energy, focus, and skin when I eat my veggies.
But, if you are like me and struggle to get them in, try hiding them in smoothies! Spinach is great for you, but not everyone likes to eat it. Well when you add it to a smoothie with some strawberries, bananas, mangos, or peaches, you can’t even taste it!
Getting your proper nutrition is so important, especially in the grey of winter, so, however you can get your greens in, do it! Your body will thank you!
So, take one or two of these ideas and mark spring on your calendar! It will come eventually, and these tips will help you make it to the end!
Let me know which tip was your favorite in the comments!
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