Thursday 10th October 2024
Showground, Wadebridge

Ways to Survive the Winter Blues

During the winter months many people find the short days and lack of sunlight a challenge. There are simple ways that people can help ease many symptoms day to day at home and in the working environment.

Mood can be influenced by colour, try wearing warm colours of yellow, orange or red or have lighting or room decor that includes these colours.

The same is true of the foods we eat. What tasty colourful foods could be added to a lunch each day? Consider warming soups that nourish during the chilly winter days.

Consider using an aromatherapy diffuser at home or in the work place with Jasmine essential oil or citrus oils such as lemon or a mix of orange and mandarin both calming and uplifting on emotions.

Walking seems to be the antidote for so many human conditions. In winter try and walk at midday for just 20 minutes to lift the mood and promote vitamin D production in skin. Keep as active as possible all year round.

Is there enough natural light where you work? Consider using day light bulbs or a light box that mimics sunshine if lack of light is effecting moods in the office.

At home many people now use dawn simulators, these devices are alarm clocks, rather than waking you abruptly with loud music or beeping, they produce light that gradually increases in intensity, just like the sun.

You can’t beat socialising, make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about, perhaps start a new interest together that gives everyone something to look forward to and concentrate on.

Lastly everyone feels better with laughter, what makes you giggle? Spend some time each day spreading some joy!

This blog was provided by Emma Skilton Independent Consultant