Feeling SAD? Don't let the seasons get to you! Here's how we stay feeling good with little tweaks when the weather changes it up on us.
’Tis the season for…Seasonal Depression Disorder! Man, that just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? But alas, this time of year it can be easy to find ourselves in a rut as the weather changes, daylight gets a little less and we’re dealing with holiday stress.
We have a few tips that we use over at Simple Jane HQ to make the transition from Fall to Winter weather just a little bit easier on our bodies. It includes plenty of CBD and some small additions to your daily routine that make a huge difference in your overall well-being.
Lemon Water & Salt
When we first wake up, we are V dehydrated from sleep, and digestive fire is not quite up and roaring. Warm lemon water with a crank of real, unrefined mineral salt is the secret to lighting your inner fire (no, not just a metaphor!) and setting yourself up to feel good from the start.
Before you reach for your coffee (delicious, but dehydrating!) put the kettle on and commit to drinking 8 oz of warm water, 1/2 a squeeze lemon and a crank of Redmond Real Salt.
In Ayurvedic medicine, sour lemon taste helps stimulate your “agni” which is your digestive fire that allows you to digest food more easily and helping to prevent the buildup of toxins. Unrefined mineral salt is essential in helping to regulate water content throughout your body, replenishing electrolytes and regulating blood pressure.
It’s important to note that all salt is not created equal. You could use Himalayan Salt here as well, but our preferred go-to is Redmond Real Salt. This is also the salt that we include in our CBD Bath Soaks as well. You can read more about the benefits of Real Salt here.
Self-Massage Your Legs
People often think of CBD as a wind-down, chill product (which it certainly can be!) but On The Mend is formulated with 6 essential oils designed to help you uplift, awaken and flow with energy. The aromatherapy elements of scents like Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils are all designed to stimulate your mind and body so you can feel more alert and more comfortable in your body.
If you are notoriously achey or stiff first thing in the AM, applying On The Mend oil or balm first thing in the morning and gently rubbing them in is a great way to warm up your muscles, as well as flush out impurities that might be sitting stagnant in your lymphatic system.
If you have naturally dry skin, opt for On The Mend balm during the winter which is made with beeswax formula that helps seal in a healthy skin barrier (without feeling greasy).
Dry Brush Before You Shower
As colder weather sits in, our bodies go into hibernation mode. But don’t let that stop you from keeping your lymph system moving. Our lymphatic systems are responsible for regulating our immune system,
The manual manipulation of dry brushing is a perfect gentle exfoliation for dry winter skin. It also helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. As it exfoliates and unclogs pores, so it’s the perfect thing to do before you shower and apply any CBD massage oil. It also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated and more awake afterwards!
While the shower is warming up, keep your dry brush handy and spend just 2 minutes giving yourself a once-over. We like to start with the feet and work your way up with long, swift strokes in towards-your-heart motions.
Soak Before Bed
Feeling cold to the bone? There’s a bath for that.
The benefits of a CBD bath are numerous, not just for mental relaxation, but for getting your body to physically relax and regroup if you’ve had a stressful day. Warm water combined with minerals cues your nervous system to relax.
We love to soak in a warm (not hot!) tub with a handful of Plain Jane Himalayan Soak and spritz a little Naked oil into the bath as a bath soak. The salt & CBD effect works to physically relax your body, and the warmth allows the CBD to work deeper into muscles for a powerful relaxation effect.
Try to soak in your bath about an hour before bed. Cuddle up in cozy clothes afterwards and by the time bedtime rolls around you will be perfectly relaxed and ready to get a good night’s sleep.