Lifesavers to Beat the Winter Blues

What's Saving My Life Right NowI’m linking up with the community at Modern Mrs. Darcy to discuss what’s saving our lives this winter. We’re not talking this cancer drug is saving my life, more like this chocolate bar is saving my life. Sure, it’s a bit dramatic but life is lived (and saved) through the small and seemly insignificant things. It can be anything giving you a huge boost, helping you, or just making you happy these days. I love these posts because winter is hard for me. I grew up in California. I thought a rainy 60-degree day was winter. Now I live in Virginia, where we still have relatively mild winters, but it’s still SO MUCH more cold and dark than I’ve ever experienced before in my life. Every year I’m getting better at coping. I’m taking my Vitamin D, using my “happy light” in the morning, lighting my candles and drinking my favorite tea. I’m even starting to appreciate the beauty that comes with winter. Each year I learn a couple new tricks to beat the winter blues. So, here’s what’s saving my life these days…

My hands are a painful dry mess during the winter. I finally figured out a system to repair them. Before bed, I put on Gold Bond Eczema Relief Lotion with a teaspoon-size squirt of Jojoba Oil from Trader Joe’s. Then I put on gloves and try to sleep with them on all night. If I have a crack or a bad flare-up, I’ll put Aquaphor Healing Ointment on top of those two other lotions. I can’t explain why exactly, but it works best to do the lotions and ointments in that order. It might not seem like much but this one-two punch of lotion has really saved me from lots of pain.

We’re housebound a lot during the winter. I like to set the mood with candles, blankets, snacks, tea, music, etc. I seriously crave soothing music, probably to match my tea and candles, and I’m loving, loving, loving Amazon Music’s “Cold Weather Folk” playlist. It’s soothing, but also slightly upbeat, mellow but still happy. I can’t get enough of it. Try it and let me know what you think.

The first place prize goes to Emergen-C. Most of us have seen the news; it’s a bad cold and flu season. Those little packets of fizzy Vitamin-C (and other vitamins) have COMPLETELY saved my life this winter. Some people have amazing immune systems and rarely get taken down by colds and coughs…um yeah, that’s not me. I catch everything. So when my daughter came down with a flu-like virus with a high fever and then a week later my son came down with the stomach flu (and I happened to start a new part-time job in the middle of it!) I prayed to God and took my Emergen-C for a couple of days. By some miracle, I didn’t get sick. I heart you Emergen-C!

What’s saving your life right now? Please share in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Lifesavers to Beat the Winter Blues

  1. Hey!!! It’s been too long since I’ve stopped by this space! I’m going to stick around to read through some of what I’ve missed. 🙂

    I loved your take on learning new winter tricks each year. There are things we’ll always cling to (and even look forward to clinging to), but each year really will bring new delights if we let it! Good point. I needed to think on that!

    I’m glad you’ve found a way to keep your hands in decent shape! I’ve had the same dilemma at times. Staying on top of it seems to be the main thing for me.

    VA winters WOULD be a drastic change after those in CA! I like your approach of making things cozy and doing your best to enjoy settling in. I’m going to check out that channel!

    We’ve always used Airborne and most recently we’ve added colloidal silver to the mix. I’m also a firm believer in black tea with a healthy amount of lemon juice and honey to cure what ails ya!

    Hope you’re doing well!!!


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