Beat the winter blues naturally

Massage, relaxing baths, yoga and meditation can all help lift your mood!
If you suffer from the winter blues try these natural tips inspired by Ayurvedic medicine to lift your mood. Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional holistic type of medicine that originated in India. It has been practiced for thousands of years, and emphasizes balance, massage, and hygiene.
 
A daily self-massage will increase circulation and help to remove toxins from your body. Touch also calms the nerves and can help you to relax. Use natural oils such as safflower, almond, or unscented sesame to nourish your skin. Natural oils are excellent moisturizers that seep deeply into dry skin. Safflower, sesame and almond oil are full of essential fatty acids that nourish your skin and help renew its moisture barrier.
 
Scent the oil if you like with a few drops of essential oil. Lavender oil will help you relax the evening. Rosemary oil aids digestion. A few drops of Rose Neroli, or geranium oil can help to lift your spirits. A good health food store will have a supply of pure oils and usually someone to advise you, or you can try a specialty online supplier.
 
Follow your massage with a replacing bath or shower. Use a gentle cleanser that will not strip your skin. Neutrogena: Rainbath Revitalizing Shower and Bath Gel Grapefruit, Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Pear & Green Tea, and Rain Bath Refreshing Shower and Bath Original smell lovely and leave skin soft.
 
Experts agree that regular exercise can alleviate minor depression. Try a mind-body practice like yoga. Exercise daily or at least three to four times a week. You will be amazed at the changes in your mood and body.
 
Get outside. Walk at moderate to brisk pace. Enjoy your surroundings. Focus on nature. Even if you feel discouraged and like staying in make an effort, tell yourself you will walk for five minutes, and come back if you are not feeling better. You may surprise yourself and walk for an hour.
 
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