20 Selfcare Tips to Help You Beat the Blues This Winter Season
Winter blues. Bone-chilling cold and a wave of low energy. Some people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs during the winter season. Symptoms of this unfortunate malady include weight gain, feeling sluggish or tired, oversleeping and changes in appetite. SAD is different from other types of depression because it occurs during seasonal changes and is most noticeable during the winter months. If you feel incapacitated by feelings of depression, you should visit a mental health professional. However, if you are simply experiencing mild winter blues, here are some tips and tricks that improve your mood and even your quality of life.
Using Essential Oils Can Help You Fall Asleep and Feel More Rested
Essentials oils have been around for centuries. People have used them for relaxation, in cosmetics, to treat illnesses, and so much more. The oils are extracted from plants through steam distillation; when fresh plants are hung over boiling water, the steam pulls the oils from the plant. The oil gets separated from the water and is then collected. There are so many essential oils on the market, and they each do something different. For that reason, people buying the oils tend to purchase them for a specific purpose. If you have a cold, for example, you will do well with Eucalyptus oil or lemongrass. Meanwhile, for skin issues, you can use some tea tree or lavender oil.
5 Things to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy
Donate The first word that comes to mind about handling leftover candy is donation. It is perhaps the most popular and selfless way people can clear their candy coffers. There are organizations such as Operation Gratitude and Soldiers Angels that allow people to send donated candy to troops worldwide. You can visit their websites to find specific information on how to pack and ship the items. Other places that accept donations are children’s hospitals, care facilities, and food banks. There are many places in your community where you can bring your candy. These even include your child’s school. There are many children who did not get a chance to participate in Halloween and this would help them feel included. It is worthwhile to check with your school administration to see if this is allowed. It is also important to make sure that you do not include treats that contain nuts or by-products. You can also bring candy to your place of work and leave it out in a common area such as the lunch room or reception office. Finally, you can donate sweets to small businesses such as salons, barbershops, and grocers. These places always have a container of candy available for the public so chances are they will appreciate not having to spend on those items for a few months.
De-clutter Your Life: Tips & Tricks
You often hear the phrase “declutter your life” tossed around when listing ways on how people can be more creative, less stressed, and more organized. It does help in all these aspects of our lives but many of us struggle to achieve this because we are not clear on exactly how to proceed. Clutter is unnecessary and can stifle our ability to function at our highest capacity. Clutter is chaos and disorganization. It is what happens when there is mindless and continual accumulation without making room or organizing things in a way that adds value to our lives. Clutter does not only exist in the form of objects and possessions. Our social lives, physical spaces, relationships, and nutrition can be cluttered. We often do not realize this because, after a while, we become one with our environment. We adapt to the conditions around us and often times become comfortable or trapped in a quagmire of our own making. Here are some tips on how to begin creating space for the things that matter.