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Four Tricks to Outsmart the Winter Blues

By Jordyn Cormier
11/4/2013 11:19:59 AM

Daylight Savings Time is upon us. That means the holiday season is coming, but that also brings along the cold, dark, shortened days of winter. For many people, this can be a depressing time of year; such little sunlight and the chillier weather can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder. But 'tis the holiday season! Here are 4 tricks you can use to keep your energy and confidence high during the cold, dark days ahead.

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Become interactive. Volunteering in your community can keep your spirits high this winter. It's a win-win; the people you help are getting the care they need while you get the somber-smashing feeling of worthiness and purpose. Community service not only makes you feel good; it has actually been shown to enhance a whopping 6 aspects of personal wellbeing - self-esteem, life satisfaction, happiness, sense of control, depression relief, and physical health- according to this recent study.

Smell the roses. Aromatherapy can help to invigorate your senses this season. Certain aromas can alter our brains immediately, causing feel-good chemicals to kick those blues out of town. Citrus oils can be reminiscent of warmer climates, which brings about feel-good energy. In this small study, citrus fragrance was found to be more effective at reducing depression than pills! Other sense-awakening aromas include peppermint, ylang-ylang, clary sage, and exotic rose oils. Pamper yourself with a bath or some lotions and decompress from holiday stress with the scent of lavender.

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