Seasonal Affective Disorder – Find your “FUN” in wintertime!

Today Arlys Naturals, Aromatherapy Contessa joins the Natural Perfumer’s Guild, Suppliers and Associates for the “JOY” in January Blogging Event – a gift from the heart!

Winter is a time for stillness and calm (hibernation) so your body rhythm slows down – but it is only adjusting to its own internal clock.

For those who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD this can be darn right difficult!   What is SAD?  It is a type of mood disorder/depression (along with other symptoms) that mainly appears during the winter months.  It is often treated with light therapy, various medications, good nutrition and more.  If you or someone you know experiences the dreaded dark days of winter, see about putting some JOY” in your day with the use of uplifting essential oils and treating yourself a bit kinder.

Make yourself a GET OUT OF BED card and treat yourself to at least one thing daily you enjoy doing;

Listen to your favorite music or play an instrument;
Take a walk in the snow to breathe in fresh air and hopefully catch a few rays of sunshine;
Go watch a hockey game (I’m sure your local teams would welcome the support);
Eat a piece of dark chocolate daily (studies show its good for you in moderation);
Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea;
Read a funny book or watch a funny video;
Take a Vitamin D supplement daily;
Buy fresh colorful flowers for your room;
Wear bright colors;
Diffuse uplifting essential oils!

When you’re ready to get your “FUN” on, try this diffuser blend:

Lighten Up

(A simple Diffuser Blend for optimism)

■  6 drops Tangerine    6 drops Grapefruit    4 drops Bay Rum – Dark.

Mix essential oils and add to diffuser for inhalation.
Also a good blend to add to pocket travel diffusers.

Please join us in sharing this blogging event.  Just be sure to post your comment and be automatically entered to win a prize daily.  I’ve copied the blogging requirements below:

Monday – January 16th – The Arlys Naturals/Aromatherapy Contessa prize give-away is:  One Gold Travel Pocket Diffuser and 4 ml. of Anti-Stress Synergy.

1.                   When you comment, just give your first name and first initial of last name or a nickname (ISP eg., gmail) and location.  That way, when we announce the winners on Thursday January 19th, we’ll make sure we have the correct participant.  You must claim your prize by email by midnight on Saturday, January 21st.  At that time and we will exchange full name and shipping information.

2.                   A participant can post as anonymous, but that will make you ineligible for the prize drawing.

3.                   There is a prize give-away each day beginning Monday, January 16th through Wednesday, January 18th.  You will need to post a comment each day to be eligible for the prizes. Winners announced on Thursday – January 19th.

4.                  Arlys Naturals is located in the U.S. and ships to U.S. addresses only, so we will only be able to ship to participants in the U.S.  At this time, we do not ship to Canada or any other international country – sorry.

Be sure to visit the links below for more uplifting information on the power of scent and free give-aways:

For further reading on Seasonal Affective Disorder, click on these links:


About Aromatherapy Contessa

I love creating aromatic blends with essential oils whether for my Arlys Naturals product lines, for fun, or for customer special orders. I'm just drawn into the veil of mystery that nature has provided through these living plants, not just in their aromatic properties, but also their natural healing properties.
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24 Responses to Seasonal Affective Disorder – Find your “FUN” in wintertime!

  1. Hemla S. says:

    I will try the diffuser blend you recommended.
    I love diffusing oils at home,
    i had put simple Pink Grapefruit after reading that about SAD, and that’s why citruses are in season in winter 🙂 Nature is brilliant that way.

  2. Py says:

    Ooo! I can’t wait to try your diffuser recipe. Am going to have to get some Bay rum 😛 as I can’t quite picture what that smells like.

    I was curious though… could you describe more in depth what a “get out of bed” card is?

  3. Cheesegan says:

    I have a problem with SAD and I use light therapy and vitamin D and fish oil, I love perfume, so I’m very interested in trying out aromatherapy as a was to relieve the symptoms of SAD. Your diffuser recipe sounds delish and I have those essential oils, so I think I’ll give it a try.Thanks for your draw and for your generosity.

  4. Thank you for the Cheery blog and the many suggestions to help uplift our day! The diffuser blend sounds wonderful.

  5. Charna says:


    Great post Susan! Really enjoyed your tips (exercise and fresh air always helps raise my spirits-it’s getting motivated to exercise that I sometimes need help with!) I like your diffuser blend as well. Thanks for spreading joy in January!

  6. rosarita says:

    I esp appreciate your get out of bed list! I’m unemployed at the moment, so between the weeks of murky, gray days, general cold & snow, etc, this has been an esp hard winter to look for reasons to get up sometimes. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I look forward to trying your diffuser recipe.

  7. nekosan says:

    That sounds like a nice blend. The only thing i have right now is a little bottle of lavender oil for calming and centering.

  8. einsof says:

    a personal diffuser is a perfect tool (“…the right tool for the right job….”) for those suffering from SAD. you can change the grey and cold outside by inhaling your blend (the bay is perfect in the above blend- spicy motivation) to something joyful.

    thank you for the encouraging blog and wonderful draw!

  9. Sandi L says:

    Great blog and wonderful suggestions! Thanks for sharing and spreading the “JOY”

  10. Anya McCoy says:

    Dear Susan:

    Thank you for sharing your blend recipe and cheerful tips on how to reduce SAD. I look forward to the next two days of posts from the aromatherapycontessa!


  11. Amy H. says:

    Interested in how the Bay Rum mixes with the citrus oils I know bring light inside. I have recently started using an electric incense burner, so can see how a diffuser is great for changing the energy in a room.

    Amy H. in Philadelphia using gmail

  12. Michael S says:

    Thank you so much for participating in the Joy in January project!

    As another person dealing with SAD, I appreciate the suggestions and will definitely try out the diffuser blend. The Bay Rum sounds really interesting. I have only smelled a St. Thomas Bay, so that will be a new treat for me!

    With much appreciation,
    Michael S

  13. Until this blog-a-thon, I never thought much about bay rum as an essential oil – I just know it from a fragrance I bought my husband, and bay leaf, which I use very occasionally for stews. I must look into it. (I just went to read more on wikipedia & forgot it was blacked out today for SOPA/PIPA. ; ] )

    I loved the Get Out Of Bed List – I would surely be motivated to get out of bed for chocolate.

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