5 Things to Beat the Winter Blues & Giveaway!

 

seasonal affective disorder (SAD) 2It’s official, winter is here for the majority of the country and we’re feeling the icy coldness of mother nature. With the cold comes along sipping hot chocolate, wearing sexy layers to keep warm, and for some people,  seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is a type of depression that drains your energy and makes you feel extra moody—which is basically me after Thanksgiving diner. At the Get the Most out of Light event sponsored by Citizen, that I attended,  a design expert showcased how to use color and light to combat the winter blues which was extremely valuable.

Who knew a few extra mirrors and using the color white in your home in oder to reflect more light would help do the trick? And of you follow me on snapchat, many of you saw the footage I snapped first-hand. But what resonated with me were the 5 things needed to beat the winter blues as presented by Carrol Brick PhD.

  1. Keep your curtains and/or windows open. When you brighten up your environment, you immediately feel the positive effects—it’s like sunshine fairies sprinkling your moody-self with goodness. Go out for lunch, no more eating at your desk, besides, you finally get to flee the smell of fish being microwaved in the company kitchen! 
  2. Eat smarter. Did you know that during the winter you crave more carbs because your making less serotonin (the happy chemical)—blame that on your big mac attack! 
  3. Exercise more. Winter also makes you not want to leave your home or move away from the couch which will contribute to weight gain so put that remote away and head to your nearest treadmill.
  4. Take on a hobby. Whether you new interest involves instagramming your sock collection or pinning bikinis on Pinterest or putting wigs on your cat, find something that will keep your mind active and help fight seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
  5. Keep it social. When you meet up with friends and hug hello, your body releases oxytocin which is the bonding chemical. Make sure to stay connected with your community or try a new volunteer experience. 

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Not only did I meet new people at the event, and learn more about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), I walked out with the classic  SPORT (Model: AW0050-82E watch in silver tone stainless steel) Citizen’s watch for men which is valued at $225. And in my big Oprah moment — Citizen’s is letting me give away the same watch to one of my readers. So YOU get a watch!

How to win:

Tell me you what you do in order to ban those blues in the winter? 3 ways to win the Citizen’s SPORT watch.

  1. Leave a comment on the blog, or
  2. Tag me in an instagram post (@nandoism) showing me what you do, or
  3. Snap me (nandoism) on snapchat doing your activity!

Contest run starting today Jan 28th and it ends Feb 1st. Winner will be announced Feb 3rd. One lucky person will win that watch, maybe just in times for their valentine?

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UPDATE (feb 3,2016): WINNER: From instagram @Aobrooks — congrats! And thank you all who entered! There will be more giveaways to come!

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14 thoughts on “5 Things to Beat the Winter Blues & Giveaway!

  • January 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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    To beat the winter blues I actually love to get caught up on any pending work I have to do (I tagged you on IG under @luvmyminime!). Being productive always makes me feel GREAT! Thanks for the giveaway; my hubby would totally love this watch for Valentine’s Day!

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  • January 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm
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    1. I don’t own curtains
    2. I eat anything I want
    3. I exercise like an Olympian coke
    4. My hobby is making fun of Trump supporters.
    5. I’m more social than Amber Rose and Nené Leakes at a strip club.

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  • January 29, 2016 at 11:35 am
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    To beat the winter blues I love coming to work and making sure all my girls are here so we can make sure we all talk about are day befor because it’s so hard to stay awake at 3 am it’s always good to start the day with a good laugh and smile

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  • January 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm
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    To beat the winter blues I scrapbook pictures of my grandbabies. I enjoy going out with my friends and the all the fun gossip that comes with that.

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  • January 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm
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    My two boys,11 and 4,help me beat my winter blues,by consistently keeping me on the go! Baseball, chess, student council meetings, and “mom race me to the car.” I have the best help with combating these winter blues.

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  • January 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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    I couldn’t agree more on getting more exercise, getting a hobby and forcing your ass out the door to meet up with friends.

    I’d like to add get your favorite music and create a play list. Whatever you find uplifting and inspiring. Play that in the morning as you’re getting ready for work, or during the day while you’re sitting at your desk. Also, do something nice for someone – friend or stranger. That’s always a great way to spread some love out into the universe.

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  • January 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm
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    Depending on my mood:
    1. I like to write, just sit and let the stress flow out of me.
    2. See an offbeat comedy movie, either an old favorite or new in the theater.
    3. Hit the gym and get the endorphins flowing on the eliptical.

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  • January 30, 2016 at 9:13 pm
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    I love winter…. And living in west Texas we don’t get enough of it. 🙁

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  • January 30, 2016 at 10:23 pm
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    First, I feel the feelings, get my journal, write, call my man and have a little phone ___, then dance like nobody is watching! Woooohoooo!

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  • January 31, 2016 at 11:32 am
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    Chai tea. Not the kind in a bag. Boiling loose tea with cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and freshly chopped ginger. Spicy scents tantalize the taste buds and leave lovely aromas lingering in the air.

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  • January 31, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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    Winter blues? I fight it with a really relaxing hot bubble bath, a nice facial mask and a ginger & lemon tea that makes me feel warm from the inside or a freshly made berry smoothie. And if I’m honest – I just bought the Harry Potter DVD box – so Mr.Potter takes me away into his magical world, every time I feel down or am under the weather.

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  • February 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    To beat the Winter blues I usually play PS4 and drink wine. Not afraid to admit I’m a home body 🙂

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  • February 1, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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    To beat the winter blues I enjoy catching up on shows that I have never seen before via Netflix. Nothing beats being on the sofa, in my pjs, avoiding the cold weather, after a long stressful day.

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  • February 4, 2016 at 10:57 am
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    To beat the winter blues by:
    1. Having a weekend movie marathon. Doing nothing for a weekend sometimes is a great stress reliever since I feel like I am on the go all the time.
    2. Getting a pedicure – Just because it’s cold and I can’t wear flip flops, I can still have pretty feet.
    3. Getting together with friends for dinner and drinks.
    4. Deep clean and de-clutter the house.

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