Anyone with depression or SAD (Seasonal depressive disorder) knows that a series of gray, rainy days can make you restless and agitated. And with the shorter days and darker hours - we are miserable creatures. So, what are some things you can do to help with this? Some things are relatively simple, some - not so much. I have learned a lot over the past 5 years dealing with not being in Hawaii where I was healthier than ever and sun all the time. Now, the east coast is home and wow - i hate winter. seriously hate it. My friends will tell you I never leave the house I don't do anything with them and the holidays for me are horrible because i have no family and i eat pot pies for thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh yeah - I hate winter. So, what have I learned through all that madness? Citrus smells. Really. No warm brown sugar vanilla, no warm pumpkin spice. It's too relaxing. Citrus wakes you up. I shower with it, i have it in my wax melters.I drink tea with oranges, berries, lemon zest in it. Blood orange is my favorite for ice tea. Warn, I like A fruity tea with honey. Also, ladies, citrus perfumes. Guys, stay away from the warm smells. Change to a more vibrant smell. Smell has a lot to do with how you feel. We know through research that it is a major jolt in patients with Alzheimer. Especially roses, citrus, cookies, etc. One patient I had (when i was a CNA in nursing school) loved the smell of boot polish. It reminded her of her husband who was military. Me, my go to smells when I need a jolt (well with memory loss i don't associate anything with anything lol) I like plumaria, fresh coconut, sea spray, walnut ink, mac n cheese and pine sol. Dunno why - we are working at. So, we have smells. Easy to do. A good sunlamp will help a lot. I sit under mine 15 minutes every night while reading, in the winter I go up to 30. That is not a cheap fix. But, you can now change all your bulbs in the house to sun ones yeah Home Depot! So that's an expensive help and a cheaper version. Smells, lamps, you're wondering what's next aren't you? I have a weird one. Nesting. Seriously, get citrus cleaners and clean your place! A cleaner place will feel larger it will smell amazing. Also, decreasing clutter, organizing things and the physical activity is really healthy. It also gives you a great sense of accomplishment when you are done. Break it down if you have physical issues like I do. I did a room a day during the week for basic cleaning. But, for the big spring n fall - 2 days. I do it all. Move furniture, trash galore, organizing, you name it - walls, light switches, closet floors get scrubbed, towels get refolded and put away better. So we have smells, light, activity. There is a method to my madness. LOL Well, I am no longer mad at anything. My accident took care of that. I'm too chill sometimes. Try drinking lemon/lime water, citrus pop, bright teas. Your whole body and mind will thank me for this.