17 Things To Make Winter A Little More Bearable This Year

We rounded up a few products to bring you joy this season.

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There are some people whose hearts are made whole when winter rolls around. They get stoked about snow, can't stop talking about how much they love the cold weather, and aren't bothered by the fact that they barely see the sun. But if you're not one of those people, you're in good company. 

For many of us, winter is a sucky period of time we just have to get through. In fact, for more than 3 million people in the U.S., the change in season can bring on a very real mood disorder called seasonal affective disorder. Whether you struggle with this condition, or winter just isn't your thing, there are ways to make this season a little more bearable. 

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We rounded up a few products that might bring you a bit more joy this season. 

1. Relax under a weighted blanket that helps you fall asleep faster and better.

Studies have shown weighted blankets have a number of health benefits associated, including improving overall sleep quality and reducing anxiety and stress. 

Get it on Amazon for $179.

2. Use a sunrise alarm clock so you always wake up with light.

Dawn simulators are alarm clocks that wake you up with light that gradually increases in intensity, just like the sun, instead of a loud noise. Studies have shown that they can improve alertness and sleep quality, reduce stress, and improve symptoms of seasonal affective disorder

Get it on Amazon for $27.99

3. Sit by a light therapy lamp for a half hour each day.

Light therapy, or phototherapy as it is otherwise known, is commonly used to treat seasonal affective disorder, but it can also help those whose winter blues aren't as extreme. Light therapy works by mimicking sunshine without the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. It has been shown to improve the balance of hormones melatonin and serotonin hormone levels, which helps to regulate mood and sleep

People typically sit in front of a light therapy device for about a half hour each day. For many, light therapy may be most effective if used right after waking up in the morning, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Depression Center

4. Fill in the pages of a cozy coloring book to improve your mood and get your creative juices flowing.

Coloring books for grownups have really taken off in the past few years because they help to ease anxiety, stimulate creativity, and get people to digital detox for a while. This one is particularly great because it also includes delicious recipes, too. 

Get it on Amazon for $9.48

5. Stay warm in a pair of insulated socks.

6. Sleep on top of a warm and soothing heated mattress pad.

Why sleep on top of a regular mattress pad when you could have one with 10 heat settings that help to soothe your tired muscles while you get a restful night's sleep? 

Get it on Amazon for $49.99 - $89.99, depending on your bed size

7. Keep your skin from getting dry in the winter by using hydrating sheet masks.

The cold, windy days of winter can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to become dry and flaky. Keep your skin nourished and moisturized by using face masks that combat these issues. 

Get them on Amazon for $11.95

8. Curl up with a book about the Danish concept of "hygge," which represents a culture of coziness, joy, and well-being.

During the winter, people in Denmark experience up to 17 hours of darkness per day and an average temperature of zero degrees. So, they know a thing or two about spending a lot of time inside. Yet, Denmark is considered one of the happiest nations in the world. This book details some of their secrets. 

Get it on Amazon for $11.54

9. Enjoy your winter drinks as slowly or quickly as you like without worrying about it getting cold by using an insulated tumbler.

10. Put an oil diffuser in your place to lift your mood and relieve stress.

Studies have shown that aromatherapy can relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. Particular essential oils such as lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, and more, have been shown to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. This essential oil diffuser comes with seven different LED mood light colors to make it even more enjoyable to have around. 

Get it on Amazon for $18.95

11. Keep your hands nice and toasty all winter long with a box of 40 hand warmers.

12. Improve your mood by having a dance party in your room with a bluetooth speaker.

This one is also water resistant, so you can bring it with you as you take a soothing shower, too. 

Get it on Amazon for $24.99

13. Or use Bluetooth earbuds if you're worried about your roommates and neighbors.

14. Write down your feelings in an interactive journal made to help people nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation.

15. Add an extra warm layer to any outfit by wearing thermal pants underneath.

16. Cook your way to a better winter with recipes made specifically for the season.

17. And sip on something from a magic tea box while you do it.

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