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4 Tips to Help Beat Back the Winter Blues

4 Tips to Help Beat Back the Winter Blues

Winter is a wonderful time of the year; however, the lack of sunlight during this time can trigger seasonal depression in a lot of people. Today, we will be going through some self-care tips you can use to help combat these negative feelings.

Diffusing stress-busting essential oils, doing yoga, and taking extra care or time for ourselves are just a few examples of self-care routines we will look into below.

1 – Stress-Busting Essential Oils

If you a familiar with the beneficial world of essential oils, then you probably already know the positive effect aromatherapy with essential oils has to offer. Many different essential oils can be used to melt stress and anxiety away – in fact you may find it challenging to narrow down this vast selection to find something that works the best for you. IF hat is the case start with these recommendations:


One of the more popular essential oils for stress reduction and relaxation is lavender. It contains both calming and soothing properties and can be use alone or blended with other essential oils such as chamomile or jasmine.


If you are looking for feelings of contentment to go along with stress relief, then rosemary is an essential oil you can diffuse for just that. This essential oil has been found to help improve your mood and can help reduce cortisol levels.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oil is popularly known for its sedative, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, and antidepressant properties. Not only can this essential oil be used in aromatherapy, but it can also help reduce the symptoms of depression. It can increase your alertness, promote calmness, and help you unwind after a long demanding day.

2 – Harness the Power of Yoga

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, can cause the brain to work overtime to produce melatonin. This is the hormone that our body uses to regulate our sleep patterns as well as our body clock. It is also a hormone that has been linked to depression.

If you find yourself without the energy or desire to brave the wintry world outside the house, then yoga is the ideal activity to engage in to bring a bit more of your consciousness back to the body.

10 minute yoga easy pose

When you engage in yoga, you are stirring up your body’s energy while strengthening and working out your physical body. Yoga for thirty minutes a day is a great way to combat SAD and can easily elevate your mood.

The winter months bring around cooler darker weather, making it a challenge to get out of bed and get energized for the day. Staying active is important. It will provide you with that momentum and focus you need to make it through even the toughest days.

Remember to spray your yoga mat with an energizing or relaxing yoga mat spray as well for added essential oil and aromatherapy benefits.

3 – Diffusing Your Essential Oils

If you want to purify the air in your home and freshen things up to improve your mood at home, you can diffuse your favorite essential oils. An essential oil diffuser is one of the more basic ways to use essential oils to your advantage and is also one of the easiest.

4 – Treat Yourself

Self-care is definitely important and is something we all should follow. So, never be afraid to treat yourself. Just because you are spending more of your time indoors during the winter, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a few things to make you feel better.

Bubble Bath

Sometimes you will find that adding essential oils directly to bath water can cause skin irritation, and they don’t always incorporate well. Remember, oil and water don’t mix. Instead, you can add your favorite essential oils to bath salts, and you can still take advantage of the aromatherapy essential oil benefits they offer.

Combine 15 drops of your essential oil with a couple of teaspoons of a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil and half a cup of bath salts. You can then add it to the water.

If you don’t have bath salts, you can mix the essential oils with your carrier oil in the same way, shake the mixture, and then disperse it into your bathwater. You can then rest easy, breathe deeply, and take full advantage of the aromatherapy.

Lotions and Essential Oil Roll-Ons

If you do find yourself on the go during those winter months and want to help beat back winter blues, you can turn to lotions or essential oil roll-ons that allow you to practice positive self-care habits inside and outside of the home.

You can choose a lotion that contains coconut oil to help combat the dry skin winter often causes. Not only are you hydrating dry skin, but you can also find lotions containing lavender to help restore a more youthful glow or mint for a cool scent and refreshing sensation.

Essential oil roll-ons are another easy way to take advantage of aromatherapy on the go. Simply roll it over your skin and reapply as needed. It will help to lift your spirits and beat those winter blues.

Essential Oil Sprays

If you don’t have a diffuser handy and don’t love the idea of lotions. You can also make your own essential oil spray by filling a glass spray bottle with 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and up to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils. This spray can be used at home or on the go and can provide you with that instant burst of energy to lift your mood and brighten your spirit.

Final Thoughts

In order to balance or elevate your mood and beat back those winter blues, you need to take full advantage of everything aromatherapy essential oils have to offer. You will find yourself melting away the stress of the day and can help get you back on track.


135 thoughts on “4 Tips to Help Beat Back the Winter Blues”

  • Riekie Rudman
    by Riekie Rudman

    It sounds like an amazing TLC session, hot tub treatment with a Massage with essential oils and a little yoga. That can work for me!!!

  • Sara Zielinski
    by Sara Zielinski

    These are great tips to beat the blues.

  • Eddie Torres
    by Eddie Torres

    Love the hot tub treatment;)

  • Alexandra H
    by Alexandra H

    I love ylang ylang!

    • Anastasia
      by Anastasia

      Very informative and helpful!

  • Stephanie C.
    by Stephanie C.

    I have always loved how soothed lavender makes me feel! I’ll have to give some of these others a whirl. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren T.
    by Lauren T.

    This is my first time living in a cold climate with little sun and I really needed this.

  • Tammie Venne
    by Tammie Venne

    I didnt know that aromatherapy could help with this!

  • Tarean Jones
    by Tarean Jones

    Lavender's probably my favorite scent so I'm glad it has additional benefits.

  • Mohamed Emam
    by Mohamed Emam


  • julia
    by julia

    is there something to help with insomnia?

  • Lynda
    by Lynda

    winter blues are the worst. i will give these tips a try!

  • David Hollingsworth
    by David Hollingsworth

    This is great to help you during those cold Winter days and nights.

  • Jennylyn Gross
    by Jennylyn Gross

    I need to try this. I definitely have the winter blues



  • Amber
    by Amber

    Ylang ylang is one of my favorite essential oils!

  • Calvin
    by Calvin

    Very helpful tips, lots of people going through this.

  • Steve Guth
    by Steve Guth

    Thanks for the tips. I’m always stressed out. Might give these a try.

  • Cindy Peterson
    by Cindy Peterson

    Just going out for a walk always is good for me and also my dog.

  • Melanie Borhi
    by Melanie Borhi

    these are great tips for fighting off the flu in the winter months i love the bath tip very helpful.

  • Kim N
    by Kim N

    Great tips. I like nice long hot baths too

  • Kim
    by Kim

    thanks for the tips.

  • Angela Duku
    by Angela Duku

    Very informative article

  • Lori Padgett
    by Lori Padgett

    I love rosemary but never thought of using the essential oil. I'll have to give that a try.

  • Tina Gruszauskas
    by Tina Gruszauskas

    Can I use this!

  • Rena walter
    by Rena walter

    Great! Just what I need!

  • Tony Platz
    by Tony Platz

    Never tried it before but willing to try it.

  • Debbie Yoder
    by Debbie Yoder

    Very good tips,love the relaxing lavender oil!

  • Kevin Linkie
    by Kevin Linkie

    I love anything Rosemary, the scent and the taste. Use and grow a lot of my own.

  • mary rudy
    by mary rudy

    Anything to help get rid of the winter blues!

  • Diane Wolf
    by Diane Wolf

    I;ll have to try some of these ideas for my hubby, he gets the blues every year :(

  • Veronica Lee
    by Veronica Lee

    Very helpful tips! Winter is no fun!

  • Anthony S
    by Anthony S

    Thanks. It's a big issue at this time of the year.

  • Rebekah Ranes
    by Rebekah Ranes

    Wow, totally! I've always wanted to get an oil diffuser myself. Thank you for encouraging me to make the purchase.

  • Kaylee Voight
    by Kaylee Voight

    bubble bath sounds like just what i need

  • Ellen B
    by Ellen B

    I love these ideas and I want to try some essential oils

  • Wanda B
    by Wanda B

    I'd love to start diffusing essential oils.

  • Mallory Bailey
    by Mallory Bailey

    I love lavender it is one of my favorite scents so I can absolutely see how it can help with the winter blues.

  • Christina A.
    by Christina A.

    Great thoughts and tips! I definitely feel affected sometimes by the colder weather so it's a great reminder to do some yoga and meditation to center myself during this time!

  • debra dubois
    by debra dubois

    This sounds about what I need right about now long cold days

  • Janice Wright
    by Janice Wright

    Interesting that you mentioned several essential oils that can help beat the winter blues.

  • Joshua Neil
    by Joshua Neil

    I will be trying this for sure.

  • Vickie L Couturier
    by Vickie L Couturier

    good information to know

  • Anne S
    by Anne S

    Great tips and I had no idea Rosemary could help. Love that smell and going to try it!

  • Julie Barrett
    by Julie Barrett

    These are all great suggestions. A lot of people suffer with Seasonal Defective Disorder which is feeling down or depressed in the winter.

  • Eric Guitard
    by Eric Guitard

    Great ideas to help in the drab weather!

  • Heather Hogan
    by Heather Hogan

    I have been learning about and using essential oils more, especially during these winter months. Wonderful article with such fantastic ideas. These can really help some of my friends, family and myself. I will be passing it on!

  • Vera
    by Vera

    Great tips! Will definitely utilize these this winter.

  • Shannon V Holmes
    by Shannon V Holmes

    Thanks for all of these great tips. I suffer from SAD and I will try some of these to help.

  • Kristi Friesen
    by Kristi Friesen

    I should try using rosemary oil to help with my stress levels.

  • Sandy Klocinski
    by Sandy Klocinski

    Sounds awesome! I know I am feeling the winter blues.

  • sandra
    by sandra

    wow, i've never heard of Ylang Ylang. i'll have to look into it's antidepressant properties

  • Betty Moody
    by Betty Moody

    Love lavender

  • Elena Nolding
    by Elena Nolding

    Great tips! I absolutely love yoga and it makes me feel great. Will try everything on this post whenever I feel the blues.

  • Elena Nolding
    by Elena Nolding

    Great tips! I absolutely love yoga and it makes me feel good. I will try the tips mentioned here whenever I feel the blues.

  • Dorothy Page
    by Dorothy Page

    I love the smell of citrus and Cinnamon

  • Leanne
    by Leanne

    I work outdoors so the winter blues really get to me . I love lavender for stress relief.

  • Jazz Fulcher
    by Jazz Fulcher

    Some great tips here, I personally use a seasonal depression light

  • Cleveland White
    by Cleveland White

    Cannot wait to try the Lavender oil

  • Naomi Eteuati
    by Naomi Eteuati

    Oooh this is some really nice essential oils that are so helpful for these kinds wintery conditions😍

  • Heather D
    by Heather D

    I want to try lavender and yoga. I have the winter blues!

  • Tamra Phelps
    by Tamra Phelps

    I sometimes get blue on the short, gray Winter days. I'd enjoy trying a few of these remedies.

  • Eva Mack
    by Eva Mack

    worth the time .... try it

  • Alex Montana
    by Alex Montana

    I am just learning about using scent for relaxation. Great tips here.

  • Joy Marish
    by Joy Marish

    Great tips to know.

  • Barbara Cornett
    by Barbara Cornett

    Lavender is one of my favorite scents, so I would really enjoy the lavender oil.

  • Kara
    by Kara

    Thanks for the great tips! Winter can be especially depressing for folks in northern clients, with all the snow and bad weather on top of the cold and shorter days.

  • Delilah Martin
    by Delilah Martin

    Thank you so much for the great suggestions to beat the winter blues!

  • Debra Rimmer
    by Debra Rimmer

    good ideas

  • Andi Durgin
    by Andi Durgin

    This is so interesting!

  • Sevinj Ismayilova
    by Sevinj Ismayilova

    I love everything with rosemary! I'd love to try!

  • Gemma Massey
    by Gemma Massey

    I love ylang ylang and lavender helps with my anxiety and depression

  • Sarah L
    by Sarah L

    I need to remember some of these. I get grouchy in the dark days of winter.

  • Milagros
    by Milagros

    I love winter actually but these tips are great for those days when you just wana stay in bed and do nothing (think...snowy days ;))) thanks for the tips.

  • Jessica Walker
    by Jessica Walker

    Luckily I dont have the winter blues but the lady I work for does. I think I'm going to get her a diffuser and see if it helps. I love mine.

  • claire woods
    by claire woods

    I always get the winter blues.

  • felicity Williams
    by felicity Williams

    Very interesting x

  • christine burd
    by christine burd

    I use lavender spray on my linens for a sweet sleep


    These are very good tips for de-stressing. I would try at least a few of them and work to add more.

  • maria cristina
    by maria cristina

    Thank you for the great gift ideas

  • Molli Taylor
    by Molli Taylor

    seasonal depression is so real. this will help a lot, i think!

  • Kelly R.
    by Kelly R.

    Very Cool!

  • Alys James
    by Alys James

    Yes! I really need to start doing yoga!

  • shiva
    by shiva

    i will try this

  • AuntySuzany
    by AuntySuzany

    Thanks for the info.

  • Donna
    by Donna

    These are excellent ideas. I'd love to get an essential oil diffuser for my home.

  • Cynthia Egersdorfer
    by Cynthia Egersdorfer

    Thank you for these ideas. They are great ways to pamper myself and relax!

  • Rupa
    by Rupa

    I love it

  • James Allen
    by James Allen

    Honestly worth a shot because I get the winter blues ever year.

  • desiree
    by desiree

    i burn lavender candle and use thepumkin scent in living room

  • Julian L.
    by Julian L.

    Wow, I'll bet these tips come in useful right now

  • Ron Weinberg
    by Ron Weinberg


  • David
    by David

    i want to try them all

  • Audrey Stewart
    by Audrey Stewart

    I love a great warm bubble bath in the winter. I just really don't like the cold!

  • Amber Go.
    by Amber Go.

    I have really had the blues this season. I am going to try these to see if I can cheer up

  • Lindsey Roberts
    by Lindsey Roberts

    Great advice!! Winter blues are the absolute worst!

  • Kimberly B.
    by Kimberly B.

    I just started buying and diffusing essential oils for this reason. Winter blues hit me hard, and this article has some amazing tips for me to try. Thank you

  • Abdu
    by Abdu

    the only oil I have not tried yet is Ylang Ylang.

  • Jay M
    by Jay M

    I will definitely need this - bookmarked

  • jason jennings
    by jason jennings

    sounds good

  • Emily Marker
    by Emily Marker

    Thanks for these tips!

  • Susan Smith
    by Susan Smith

    I'm always willing to try anything to help get rid of the winter blues!

  • paula cheadle
    by paula cheadle

    Fab ideas, going to try has I suffer with SAD

  • Sharif Shaikh
    by Sharif Shaikh

    Nice Tips

  • James Travis
    by James Travis

    Great advice, definitely going to try this.

  • James Travis
    by James Travis

    Great advice, definitely going to try some of these. I also like running.

  • Antoinette M
    by Antoinette M

    Great tips. I love lavender!

  • Cathy Smallwood
    by Cathy Smallwood

    Love, Love, Love the lavender!

  • Rhonda Grisham
    by Rhonda Grisham

    Great info! This time of year is hard on the strongest of individuals. The gray days and lack of sunshine is tough for me.

  • Christal Brancato
    by Christal Brancato

    Always get the blues

  • John May
    by John May

    I’m glad someone is making this product

  • John Samuel
    by John Samuel

    This is a cool way to look at things

  • Gerardo Velasco
    by Gerardo Velasco

    Doing this yoga with these oils are really great for relaxing and clearing your mind out!

  • David Heath
    by David Heath

    I would love this!

  • Anita Kennett
    by Anita Kennett

    This was very helpful,Thanks for sharing.

  • Nigel Soper
    by Nigel Soper

    I will pass this on to my wife as it seems to be her cup of tea

  • rita leonard
    by rita leonard

    could really use the oils for the yoga mat. Great idea

  • Tiffany Brown
    by Tiffany Brown

    I'm not really a bath person but willing to give it a try if it will help with the Winter blues.

  • Amber Reser
    by Amber Reser

    I actually have some Ylang Ylnag that was gifted to me! Awesome to know what it's actually used for! Thank you!

  • Amber Reser
    by Amber Reser

    I am so antsy for Spring, this article found me just in time to get through the last couple of months of seasonal depression ahead!

  • Jamie L Grimes
    by Jamie L Grimes

    I'm so ready for spring.

  • Shannon D Citrino
    by Shannon D Citrino

    Alot of people get seasonal depression. Its important to stay on top of it and do nice things gs for yourself

  • laurie
    by laurie

    I have always had trouble with getting depressed in the winter time, these sounds like some great ideas

  • Andrea d
    by Andrea d

    I soooooo needed this . Have the winter funk right now lol

  • Marissa Buffett
    by Marissa Buffett

    I love yoga for destressing, the holidays put so much pressure on us these tips will surely help!

  • Driq
    by Driq

    Love the article! Learning a lot!

  • Betty Curran
    by Betty Curran

    In addition to the scents mentioned I like to use eucalyptus to clear stuffy noses and and make breathing easier especially when I have a cold.

  • Rachel B
    by Rachel B

    I definitely get the winter blues and yoga makes me feel so much better


    Aroma therapy beats the winter blues.

  • phyllis owens
    by phyllis owens

    great tips, will try them to get out of the winter blues

  • Darren Scrubb
    by Darren Scrubb

    Thank you for the tips I will use in this Winter season I am in right now.

  • Dana Wong
    by Dana Wong

    I need to incorporate more essential oils into my lifestyle

  • Laura Ungureanu
    by Laura Ungureanu

    The perfect recommendations foe this season! I want to try them all.

  • kathy pease
    by kathy pease

    This is a great post our Vermont winters seem very long and I can relate to this.

  • Laura L
    by Laura L

    Great info! Thank you!

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