Winter Blues & Seasonal Depression: Our 5 tips for a great winter!

The changeover to winter time is this Sunday, October 29th in Europe. This means one hour more sleep, but more importantly, one hour less brightness. Mood at half-mast, fatigue, increased appetite… Every year, 18% of the population is affected by winter blues. How can you avoid it and feel at home? We share with you our 5 enlightened tips!


What is winter depression?

In winter, the days get shorter, the temperatures plummet and that puts our bodies and minds to the test. Especially as the light intensity outside decreases: from 6000 lux on a sunny summer day to 1000 lux in the middle of winter.

This lack of light is the cause of winter depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a pathology officially recognized since 1984 by psychiatrist Dr. Norman Rosenthal. It is manifested by mood disorders and even depressive symptoms. Its origin? The decrease in the production of melanin, a hormone secreted in the presence of light. This hormone is responsible for our sleep/wake rhythm and our mood.

1. Running out of light when you wake up? Try light therapy!

Your body needs light, give it light as soon as you jump out of bed with a light therapy lamp!

A 20 to 30 minute session in the morning, sitting in front of an adapted lamp will give you a boost to start your day on the right foot.

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2. Amplify the natural luminosity in your home, without any work!

If you are a fan of light therapy and wish to opt for a 100% natural solution, the Espaciel reflector is for you.

Natural light has a positive effect on our vitality and energy. However, many homes are dark and the need for good light increases in winter. Constantly having to turn on artificial light even in the middle of the day does not help our morale.

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The Espaciel Light Reflector brings you on average +50% more natural light in your home, in an instant and day after day! Rain or shine, the Light Reflector amplifies the light entering your home, as if your window were larger. Or like you live two floors up. Efficient, to install yourself and without any work, it’s time to get equipped to spend a luminous winter.

3. Opt for plants, it’s beautiful and restful!

And yes, having plants at home brightens the mood. Every day we rejoice to see them grow. We agree: no need to make your living room a real Amazonian forest, just a few plants are enough! We recommend anthurium, areca and croton, which are ideal for bringing freshness to your home.

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You can also very well install an Espaciel reflector to allow your plants to have a good luminosity all winter long.

4. Listen to relaxing music!

After a long, busy day at work, listening to relaxing music is a way to clear your head, refocus on yourself and regain your strength. Leave in an instant on a little cloud of tranquility with this little ritual: turn on the music, sit down in a quiet room and close your eyes, focusing your attention on the positive moments of your day. Let yourself be transported like this for about 15 minutes. At the end of this session, you can go back on beautiful positive waves!

Here are some musics that we advise you to relax:

Calm of Nature : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZYbU82GVz4
Calm of the Ocean : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB8-LCLWYE4
Calme Celtique : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ92_xPKSq8
Calm of the Piano : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXYtJB7Qslk

5. Diffuse essential oils in your home!

The sense of smell is given too little importance. Yet it influences our moods far more than we think. Creating a harmonious atmosphere in your home is easy thanks to essential oils! They leave you with a choice: more vitality, relaxation or restful sleep. Now you can create a real little haven in your own home. Adapt these essential oils according to your needs and desires.

Here are some ideas of essential oils to make yourself:

Good mood: 6 drops of Grapefruit, 2 drops of Bergamot, 1 drop of Official Lavender and 1 drop of Cypress.
Relaxation: 4 drops of Bergamot, 3 drops of Sweet Orange and 3 drops of Officinal Lavender.
Confidence: 3 drops of Lemon, 3 drops of Cypress, 3 drops of Bourbon type Geranium and 1 drop of Cedar.


Grâce à ces conseils, plus de doute vous avez les clefs en main pour vous sentir mieux chez vous, en hiver ! Profitez-en.

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Do you have a dark room and want to increase its natural light? Contact us and we will be happy to provide you with personal advice: info@espaciel.com.

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