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There’s a lot that’s awesome about winter, but if you’re one of the estimated 10 million Americans who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, you may approach winter with a feeling of dread.
Seasonal affective disorder is more than just the usual lethargy that can kick in when the days are shorter and the nights are longer. For some, it means lower energy and an increased need to sleep, but for others, it can mean a deeper shift in moods and a disinterest in life in general. Lots of people recommend light therapy to help, but there’s a few other things that can support you depending on how deep your SAD goes. Many suggest aromatherapy by way of an essential oil diffuser, while others resort to a good salt bath to ease the tension. A good weighted blanket is always a must, no matter what time of year it is. And mindfulness journaling can help (but don’t worry… they’re not all deeply earnest and crunchy granola, if that’s not your thing).
We hunted out a handful of things that can help you beat back the winter doldrums. Spring is coming sooner than you think… but in the meantime, these goodies will help you get there.