It’s probably no accident that the acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder is “SAD.” Even though wintertime has many lovely delights, such as snow and family gatherings, those very same aspects of the season can also be stressful. Feeling blue or anxious is common for many people during this time of year.

Luckily, winter doesn’t last forever, but how can you make it more pleasant and enjoyable in the meantime? Try diffusing Essential Oils that comprise our Winter Blues Blend:

Winter Blues Blend
2 drops Wild Orange
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Ylang Ylang

Power of Music
The power of music and its influence over our emotional state should not be underestimated. Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran said, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life-bringing peace, abolishing strife.” We encourage you to listen to relaxing music, which will help to calm and clear your mind. Take deep breaths and focus on the actions of filling your stomach and lungs — inhaling goodness, exhaling worry. As the ice melts outside, let stress and tension melt away from your mind amid your musical tranquility. And for this exercise, we recommend breathing in calming essential oils like Lavender or the Grounding Blend.

Revel in Warmth
“Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz once said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” That’s probably true, but just in case you’re not an animal person, we’d love to have you wrap yourself in the happiness of a cozy blanket, warm clothing layers or even a nice jacket. Nestle yourself in your favorite spot and curl up with a good book, whisking your imagination away to a different time and place. Take some time for yourself to enrich your mind and learn something new. You deserve it.

Seek the Sunlight
And don’t forget the uplifting properties of natural sunlight. Sit near a window where the sun shines into your home. It will remind you that brighter days are ahead. Find comfort in the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote: “Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining…”

Share With Others
Sometimes the biggest pick-me-up is doing something nice for someone else. There’s something almost magical and mysterious about the way our own burdens seem to lift as we seek to lighten the load that others carry. One special way to brighten another person’s day is to share the powerful benefit of aromatherapy of essential oils with her or him. We encounter numerous people during our day-to-day travels. While you’re at the grocery store or library, share an Introductory Kit to Essential Oils Kit.  This contains 5 ml bottles of lemon, lavender and peppermint, which are a fabulous oils for a great pick me up in the winter.

Drink It Up
One of the simplest but often overlooked secrets for energizing your body is to stay well hydrated throughout the day. Drink plenty of water, and it will help you overcome fatigue, support your kidneys and clear up your skin. French explorer Jacques Cousteau has been attributed with saying, “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” The Mayo Clinic reports that nearly all major systems in the body depend on water. Indeed, up to 60 percent of the adult human body is water.

So, if the winter blues have got you down, treat yourself to these tips from dōTERRA and visit for more ideas about how to enhance your well-being.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are intended for educational purposes only.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and are not a substitute for professional healthcare.  All recommendations are based on third party research of essential oils and their effectiveness when used for the above listed ailments.  See for references to some of those studies.  Check out the research and make your own decisions based on complete information.