As I sit down typing this, today is a gorgeous fall day! The sun is out and I am soaking in all the Vitamin D I can.
Tommorow is a special day. It's the WEEKEND! Halloween, a full moon AND Daylight Savings Time.
I wanted to take a moment and ssharehow to get out of the cold, dark fall and winter months without any winter blues.
Do your moods tend to spiral down during the chillier, dark days?
You are not the only one if this happens to you. Ever since I was young the closer it got to winter the easier my moods would sink low.
I would feel more anxious, impulsive, irritable, tired, low energy, difficulty concentrating and low self esteem.
In my late teens and up I noticed I would feel this way, every year at the same time.
Seasonal affective disorder or SAD can effect many people especially those living in colder climates.
SAD occurs when we recieve a reduced level of sunlight during the fall and winter months when the sun levels decrease. This decrease can bring a disruption to the bodies internal clock when serotinin levels drop.
According to Canadian Statistics
2 to 6% of Canadians will experience SAD in their life. 15% will experience a milder form of SAD
Adults are at a higher risk of SAD than children or teenagers
Women are up to eight times as likely as men to report having SAD
SAD tends to run in families
Our sense of smell is powerful thing! When we smell an aroma the limbic system, a part of the brain that effects emotions, behaviors and memory sends a messege to our brain. Much like an electrical signal...as we breathe in an essential oil it can drastically change low moods, sadness, anxious feelings, poor memory, appetite, libido and turn these feelings and emotions into happy feel good vibes. We all want this, right?!
We can boost our moods during these months naturally by
- Increasing or adding in a Vitamin D3 supplements
- Taking a Omega, B12 Complex supplement
- Light therapy or sunbeds
- Getting outside when we can
- Eating a healthy diet
- Meditation, gratitude, prayer or yoga
- Listening to music
-Reach out to friends and family
- AND using essentials oils.
Try reaching for these oils to uplift your spirits, to feel more grounded, to energize, calm, help with sleep, moods and much more.
Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, German Chamomile, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.
As we enter into this season I wish for you to have peace, joy and to remember that you are not alone in this! Let me know, what you find helpful if you struggle with this also.