Mindbody

Download the app

The MINDBODY app

Fitness memberships, workout classes, wellness services, beauty appointments and more.

Install
seasonal depression tips wellness
Wellness
Published Monday Dec 02, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

More Than Just Winter Blues: 5 Ways to Ease Seasonal Affective Disorder

Fitness
Personal Growth

When the clocks go back, we can almost smell the sense of disappointment in the air. The days are shorter and colder, and less sunlight can really have an impact on our mood. For some, wintertime can bring on a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder. 

 

What is seasonal affective disorder? 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression influenced by the changing of seasons. It normally sets in after Labor Day, and symptoms become more intense by January or February. The lack of sunlight can cause decreased concentration, increased appetite, moodiness, social withdrawal, and fatigue. 

While some might brush it off as being extra moody, or just “winter blues,” it’s much more than that. SAD is a real form of depression that can be dependent on hormone levels, temperature, and exposure to natural light, which directly influences the body’s production of melatonin

Studies show that SAD is more prevalent in areas that have longer, colder winters. So, if you’re feeling sensitive to all the snow or down in the dumps this season, here are a few ways to battle seasonal affective disorder.

 

Reach out to a therapist. 

SAD is a form of depression, so it’s best to get it diagnosed by a mental health professional. Doctors usually suggest a combination of light therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which is a form of talk therapy, to deal with SAD. Talk therapy can help to shift your mindset and gives you the tools to manage stress and mood changes. 


Try a light therapy box. 

The go-to treatment for SAD, light therapy is a tried-and-true option for easing seasonal depression. Mimicking outdoor light, a light therapy box is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep. The best time to use the light therapy box is the first hour of waking up, so try it out with your morning cup of coffee. Before ordering anything on Amazon, talk to your doctor about the best treatment. Once you get the go-ahead, you can find plenty of affordable devices online


Work up a sweat. 

Incorporating exercise into your daily routine can help to manage seasonal affective disorder, especially if it’s outside. If it’s snowy and freezing, maybe try out a cycling class (and pick a bike closest to the window!)


Make plans (and stick to them). 

People with SAD tend to have trouble sleeping at night and getting up each morning. Sticking to a regular schedule helps to expose you to consistent light and keeps you motivated to get out and do the things you love. Making a conscious effort to make plans (and stick to them) can improve your mood. If you really want to hold yourself accountable, make plans to go to a yoga class with a friend. 


Add some essential oils. 

There is healing power in aromatherapy. Essential oils like bergamot, cardamom, jasmine, and orange can help to usher in brightness, heighten the senses, and balance emotions. Need tips on what to put in your diffuser? Here’s a helpful blend from Aromatics during these winter months when SAD takes its toll. 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Holiday stockings hanging
Beauty
Published Friday Dec 06, 2019 by Paula Hoss

Under $25 Stocking Stuffers For the People on Your List

Skincare
Beauty
Expert Advice

It’s holiday gift-giving season, and if you’re like us, you’re starting to feel the pressure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 
Sure, it’s tempting to take a single trip to Target to knock out your holiday shopping list. However, with this list of unbeatable products from some awesome small businesses, we’re making it easy to find gifts and Shop Small® this season.

NATIVE Body Wash in Candy Cane ($8 for 11.5 oz)
The perfect gift for: Your creature-of-habit Mom 

If your mom used to stuff your stocking with a year’s worth of personal care products, this delightfully scented and completely natural body wash is the perfect gift for her. This candy cane scented body wash boasts crisp peppermint and vanilla natural oils to leave you feeling refreshed and smelling delicious.  

 

Photo credit: @native on Instagram

1

NATIVE Body Wash in Candy Cane ($8 for 11.5 oz)
The perfect gift for: Your creature-of-habit Mom 

If your mom used to stuff your stocking with a year’s worth of personal care products, this delightfully scented and completely natural body wash is the perfect gift for her. This candy cane scented body wash boasts crisp peppermint and vanilla natural oils to leave you feeling refreshed and smelling delicious.  

 

Photo credit: @native on Instagram

Creatively Intentional Soy Candle in Holiday Hearth ($21.99 for 16 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your small-business-supporting Grandma  

Creatively Intentional is a top Etsy seller turned e-commerce powerhouse thanks to their constantly growing social following. Featuring handmade home and beauty products, they are not only plant-based, but also cruelty-free and made with therapeutic ingredients.

 

Photo credit: Creativelyintentional.com

2

Creatively Intentional Soy Candle in Holiday Hearth ($21.99 for 16 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your small-business-supporting Grandma  

Creatively Intentional is a top Etsy seller turned e-commerce powerhouse thanks to their constantly growing social following. Featuring handmade home and beauty products, they are not only plant-based, but also cruelty-free and made with therapeutic ingredients.

 

Photo credit: Creativelyintentional.com

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack ($13.99)  
The perfect gift for: Your skincare-loving little sister 

There’s nothing jolly about pimples, but with the Mighty Patch Variety Pack, those holiday breakouts won’t stand a chance. The pack features their Invisible+ patch to heal and conceal during the day, Surface for bigger breakouts, and Original for overnight treatments.

 

Photo credit: Herocosmetics.us

3

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack ($13.99)  
The perfect gift for: Your skincare-loving little sister 

There’s nothing jolly about pimples, but with the Mighty Patch Variety Pack, those holiday breakouts won’t stand a chance. The pack features their Invisible+ patch to heal and conceal during the day, Surface for bigger breakouts, and Original for overnight treatments.

 

Photo credit: Herocosmetics.us

Versed Face Masks in “Look Alive,” “Photos Please,” and “Find Clarity” ($9.99 each for 1.5 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your self-care-obsessed BFF 


These masks come in super trendy squeeze pouches and for a variety of skin types. My favorite is “Look Alive,” a clear gel mask with smoothing rosehip seed oil, hydrating aloe leaf juice, and a plant-based collagen alternative. “Look Alive” instantly moisturizes and smoothes the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

 

Photo credit: Versedskin.com

4

Versed Face Masks in “Look Alive,” “Photos Please,” and “Find Clarity” ($9.99 each for 1.5 oz) 
The perfect gift for: Your self-care-obsessed BFF 


These masks come in super trendy squeeze pouches and for a variety of skin types. My favorite is “Look Alive,” a clear gel mask with smoothing rosehip seed oil, hydrating aloe leaf juice, and a plant-based collagen alternative. “Look Alive” instantly moisturizes and smoothes the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

 

Photo credit: Versedskin.com

CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare “Lavender Vanilla” Natural Deodorant ($16 for 2.2 oz)  
The perfect gift for: Your favorite fitness instructor 

With hundreds of 5-star reviews and an insanely loyal following, CLN&DRTY has taken over the natural skincare industry. Their natural deodorants feature arrowroot powder to absorb sweat and tea tree oil to kill odor-causing bacteria. Plus, they’re baking soda and aluminum-free.  
 

Photo credit: Clnanddrty.com

5

CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare “Lavender Vanilla” Natural Deodorant ($16 for 2.2 oz)  
The perfect gift for: Your favorite fitness instructor 

With hundreds of 5-star reviews and an insanely loyal following, CLN&DRTY has taken over the natural skincare industry. Their natural deodorants feature arrowroot powder to absorb sweat and tea tree oil to kill odor-causing bacteria. Plus, they’re baking soda and aluminum-free.  
 

Photo credit: Clnanddrty.com

Simply Gum “Assorted Gum - Classics” ($15.99 for 6 packs)  
The perfect gift for: Your cubicle buddy 


Simply Gum’s variety pack features their top-selling favorites for mint lovers. Each pack of gum is made in New York with absolutely nothing artificial. (FYI, did you know most commercial gums actually have plastic in them?) Plus, every pack of gum comes with ultra-cute and convenient “post-chew” wraps for easy and clean disposal.

 

Photo credit: Simplygum.com

6

Simply Gum “Assorted Gum - Classics” ($15.99 for 6 packs)  
The perfect gift for: Your cubicle buddy 


Simply Gum’s variety pack features their top-selling favorites for mint lovers. Each pack of gum is made in New York with absolutely nothing artificial. (FYI, did you know most commercial gums actually have plastic in them?) Plus, every pack of gum comes with ultra-cute and convenient “post-chew” wraps for easy and clean disposal.

 

Photo credit: Simplygum.com

Jade Leaf “Matcha Latte Infusions - GLOW” ($14.95 for 10 packets)  
The perfect gift for: Your health-nut Aunt  


Jade Leaf combines three health powerhouses, matcha, biotin, and collagen, into one easy-to-use drink mix. This gift set comes with 10 convenient single-serve sticks. Just blend, whisk, or shake with a dairy or non-dairy milk base for a satisfying, nutritious latte! 

 

Photo credit: Jadeleafmatcha.com

7

Jade Leaf “Matcha Latte Infusions - GLOW” ($14.95 for 10 packets)  
The perfect gift for: Your health-nut Aunt  


Jade Leaf combines three health powerhouses, matcha, biotin, and collagen, into one easy-to-use drink mix. This gift set comes with 10 convenient single-serve sticks. Just blend, whisk, or shake with a dairy or non-dairy milk base for a satisfying, nutritious latte! 

 

Photo credit: Jadeleafmatcha.com

Copper Cow Coffee “Churro Latte” 5-pack ($17)  
The perfect gift for: Your coffee-loving dad 


This women-owned Vietnamese coffee brand is equal parts stylish and delicious. Guaranteed to create a buzz on Christmas morning, each single-use pour-over set is perfect for on-the-go and even comes with a decadent packet of condensed milk. It’s sure to be an afternoon pick-me-up favorite! A few other flavors include Lavender Latte, Rose, and Cardamom.

 

All the businesses in our gift guide have easy to use e-commerce platforms that make late-night shopping super easy. So, click on over, add to cart, and show a little love one of these businesses today.

 

Photo credit: Coppercowcoffee.com

8

Copper Cow Coffee “Churro Latte” 5-pack ($17)  
The perfect gift for: Your coffee-loving dad 


This women-owned Vietnamese coffee brand is equal parts stylish and delicious. Guaranteed to create a buzz on Christmas morning, each single-use pour-over set is perfect for on-the-go and even comes with a decadent packet of condensed milk. It’s sure to be an afternoon pick-me-up favorite! A few other flavors include Lavender Latte, Rose, and Cardamom.

 

All the businesses in our gift guide have easy to use e-commerce platforms that make late-night shopping super easy. So, click on over, add to cart, and show a little love one of these businesses today.

 

Photo credit: Coppercowcoffee.com

Paula Hoss
Written by
Paula Hoss
Founder | CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare
About the author
The founder of CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare, Paula Hoss is a mental health and substance abuse recovery advocate. Featured in Beauty Independent and Brit + Co, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a flock of chickens.