10 tips on avoiding winter depression

(Ad - written in collaboration with Supernature)Hi lovely people.Who else is feeling the dark days draining out what's left of your energy? Personally, I haven't had a full winter in Norway for almost six years, so it's been a huge adjustment this year. Maybe that's why I've been so obsessed with trying everything I can to not let it get to me. Anyways, I've gathered my top 10 tips on avoiding going down for the winter. Some of them are recommendations from you guys and friends, and some are things I've always done to feel better.

1. Put the phone away 1 hour before and after a nights sleep

This really improves your sleep quality. For me to be able to follow through, I charge my phone outside my bedroom.

2. Invest in a natural light + radio alarm clock

Mine from Philips is really old now, and I bet there are new ones on the market. The one I have is a version of this one, and it has truly saved my mornings! It wakes you up with something similar to natural sunlight, and you can choose between radio, singing birds, forest sounds, or just a regular alarm sound. LOVE.

3. Take Depridix from Supernature

Every morning when I wake up, I drink one liter of lukewarm water with lemon and take my Depridix.Depridix is a unique Norwegian herbal supplement that combines traditional Nordic herbs with vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and the mineral zink. B-vitamins aid your body in normal energy conversion, while the B2, B3, B6, and B12 helps prevent tiredness and exhaustion. Depridix also contains Q10 and flower essences and herbal extracts.I really feel like this gives me the boost I needed this winter!

4. Use a "natural light" lamp indoors

Personally, I put on the ring light we use for photos. I think it does the magic of tricking my brain into producing more happiness. But there are other alternatives out there that can do the magic, like this one.

5. Get as much real sunlight as possible with your schedule

Try to get a quick 10/20 minute walk if you see the sun popping out.

6. Go for a light workout

I like working out in the evenings during the winter, even though it's a bit harder to get myself to go when the evening comes and I just wanna lay on the couch. When I get myself to go there it gives me the extra energy to cook a good meal for myself instead of just eating something that's not really nourishing. It helps to plan my workout schedule for a week ahead, so I know what's coming.

7. Make it cozy indoors!

In Norway, we spend lots of time indoors, which may be why we invest in making our nest really welcoming. Get a good blanket and some eco-friendly candles.

8. Plan something nice for yourself every week

I get motivated to work hard when I have good things to look forward to such as a concert, cinema, going to the theater or hosting dinner for my friends.

9. Set aside time for creative projects during the weekend

For me and probably many others, it's easy to drown myself in work just to make time pass when I'm not feeling really good. I've figured that it helps a lot to set aside time that's designated for creative projects like creating film and photography, making a vision board, painting or scribbling some words while listening to good music.

Sauteed kale, baked sweet potato and mushroom mix

SAMSUNG CSCThis meal is super simple to put together, and it is also great the next day. With good sources of complex carbs and proteins it makes the perfekt after workout meal. Wohooo!Kale, baked sweet potato, quinoa and mushroom mix

  • 3-4 kale leaves
  • 1 baked sweet potato
  • 1 ts cinnamon
  • 1 dl quinoa
  • 1 handful mushrooms
  • 1/2 avokado
  • salt
  • coconut oil
  • lemon
  • fresh basil

Heat up the oven to 190 degrees celsius. Chop the sweet potato into small cubes, and drizzle olive oil, salt and cinnamon on top. Let them stay in the oven for about 25 minutes. After this start preparing the quinoa, bring it to boiling and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then prepare the veggies and fry them in a pan with coconut oil. Last put everything together in a bowl and add the avocado and fresh basil on top.ENJOY!