Top Secrets To Beat The Winter Blues, Feel More Energized, & Skip The Flu

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4.  Soak the Blues Away

If you have a hard time falling asleep at night or if you are one of those people with perpetually cold feet, try soaking in a hot tub about 2 hours or so before  bed. If you don’t have a bathtub, even just soaking your feet in a pan of hot water, then massaging them with sweetly scented lotion makes you feel more relaxed, not to mention WARM. It feels so good to be warm when it’s cold, wet, and windy outside.

 

5. Pretend It’s Summer!

Have you ever watched a movie that takes place in the winter or in the snow and found that, after a while, you also started to feel chilly? A great deal of what goes on is in your mind! There was once a woman who really hated the cold. Anything under 70 was cold to her. She moved to Central California where the winters are quite foggy and cold. A typical day in December and January consisted of highs around 35 and nights in the teens, with no sunshine for weeks due to endless days of heavy fog. Her first winter was difficult, but the next year she decided to change her attitude. She bought a used fireplace insert, and bought firewood in August when it was cheapest. On those cold winter days, she cranked up the fireplace so that the house was 75 or 80 and wore T-shirts in the house. She closed all the blinds and curtains trying to keep out “the sun,” and drank lemonade. She simply told herself that it was a hot, sunny day and she was better off inside. Although this couldn’t help her when she had to go outside, she said it really helped her state of mind every winter that she lived there.

 

6. Plant a Winter Garden

If you live in a place that doesn’t get snow, you can plant a winter garden. Many vegetables like the cold weather, such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. This can help you get outside and still enjoy a garden, even if it isn’t summer. If you live in a location that snows, grow herbs inside. Full-spectrum lamps and light bulbs will grow plants even in the darkest rooms (they will help your mood as well). Try growing common kitchen herbs such as basil and chives, along with St. John’s Wort and rosemary, or valerian. All of these seeds are readily available and easy to grow. Read more about fruits and veggies you can regrow at home again and again.

 

7. Spruce Up in the Shower

Try this for a winter pick me up as well as a terrific way to fight off cold and flu germs. After your shower, put about 10 drops (more or less, depending on your size) of black spruce oil in your hands. Spread it all over your body, avoiding the eyes, inside the nostrils, and the genitals. Rub it in well, especially in your abdomen. Take a few deep breaths, and then rinse with some warm water. Don’t use soap, just plain water to remove the excess. Black spruce oil is antiviral, anti-bacterial and supports the adrenal glands. You will smell great, feel great, and you can skip that toxic flu shot.

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