Many of us struggle to beat the winter blues and find it difficult to haul ourselves out of bed on a cold winter's morning. For some, that feeling of sluggishness lasts for the entire season. This is more than just a bad mood. If you find yourself struggling with the winter blues all season long, it may be indicative of a more significant issue. Seasonal affective disorder hits 1 in every 300 Australians each winter, with even more suffering from mild symptoms of the disorder. While it's always advisable to visit a professional if you find yourself experiencing symptoms of depression of any kind, it's worth looking into some natural remedies and rituals to help you beat the winter blues and fight seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal affective disorder, often (and appropriately) shortened to SAD, is defined as a "mood disorder that has a seasonal pattern." SAD is usually triggered by a lack of sunlight and physical activity. So, in most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms begin at the start of winter (or even the end of autumn), with symptoms improving as spring and summer approach. Symptoms include feeling depressed day in and day out, low energy and low motivation, trouble sleeping and sudden weight loss or weight gain. It's important to understand that seasonal affective disorder is more than a bad mood or a dislike of the cold weather. It can be normal to have the occasional bad mood or a day of feeling down, but if the feeling hangs over you for days at a time and feels impossible to shake, it could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder.
Essential Oils To Beat The Winter Blues
Research has shown that SAD can be treated and symptoms lessened holistically, with essential oils playing a pivotal role in a natural course of action. Essential oils stimulate the nerve endings at the back of the nose, and those nerve endings stimulate the brain's limbic system. The limbic system is associated with our instincts, memories and emotions, so stimulating this part of the brain with essential oils can boost your entire sense of wellbeing. Here are five of the very best essential oils to help you overcome the winter blues:
Rosa Damascena Flower Oil
Known as the "queen of essential oils," Rosa Damascena Flower Oil has been scientifically proven to lessen the symptoms of depression. Clinical studies have shown Rosa Damascena Oil, or rose oil derived from Rosa Damascena has had a positive effect on anxiety, physiological and psychological relaxation and even post-natal depression.
Geranium Rose Oil
Geranium essential oil is a powerful defence against Seasonal Affective Disorder as it has been proven to regulate hormonal imbalances, with hormones playing a significant role in the winter blues.
Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Oil
Effective in curbing feelings of anxiety, Acai Berries are packed with the antioxidants our body needs to relieve stress. They're also rich in amino acids, which have been linked to the neurotransmitters that affect the part of the brain that can trigger depression. Acai Berry Oil is a key ingredient in our Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum, which also works to calm dry skin caused by the harsh winter air.
French Lavender Oil
Lavender Oil has been used to treat depression for centuries as it is packed with therapeutic qualities to relieve anxiety and calm the nervous system in times of intense stress.
Grapefruit Seed Oil
Not only has Grapefruit Seed Extract been used to lessen the symptoms of seasonal depression, but it's also been shown to curb headaches and mental fatigue. The scent has a stimulating effect on the brain, boosting productivity and making you feel more alert when you are otherwise lacking motivation.
Rituals To Boost Your Mood In Winter
To get the most out of your mood-boosting essential oil blends this winter, work them into some daily rituals. Not only will the oils ease your mind and lift your spirits, but the routine itself will also soothe you into a state of relaxation, keeping feelings of anxiety at bay as well as caring for and treating your skin. Apply our Radiant Rose Mask to begin, allowing yourself a full 15 minutes to relax and reap the benefits of Geranium Rose Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract. While the mask works its magic, soothe your body with a rich layer of Olive Hand & Body Cream - another product packed with Grapefruit Seed Extract and Geranium Rose. Rinse off the mask and massage in the Acai Berry Active Antioxidant Serum. Complete your mood-boosting winter skincare ritual with the Boost Balancing Moisturiser for your daily dose of French Lavender Oil and some additional Grapefruit Seed Extract benefits.
It Is Okay To Ask For Help
If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of depression, we encourage you to reach out to Beyond Blue.
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