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3 Ways to Avoid a SAD Winter

Millions of people living in the Northern Hemisphere suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). I’ve yet to meet anyone who relishes the fact that it gets dark an hour after we pick the kids up from school.

As we alter our clocks and acknowledge the fact that summer is gone and we have weeks of long dark evenings ahead, many of us begin to feel the urge to hibernate. We get sluggish and sleepy and we resent the lack of light. Sometimes we feel anxious or mildly depressed as the weeks roll by and we wait for spring to lighten things up again.

Here are three simple ways to fend off the blues and nurture your light side:


Make the Most of Daylight

Many people find their spirits lifted by getting outside in natural daylight every day. Going for a brisk walk is ideal. It helps your body keep energised and adjusted to the season. Staying indoors and missing out on the fresh air can lead to feelings similar to jet lag as your body becomes out of sync and sluggish.

Get outside for at least 15 minutes a day, stretch and breathe and make the most of what light there is. Dawn and dusk are good times to spend in meditation, even if it’s just for 5 minutes, it will help to relax your body and lift your mood and keep your body clock in touch with the transition into winter in a healthy and settled way.

Use Spicy Seasonal Scents

Essential oils are a great way to lighten the mood of your evenings, try using warm spicy scents like cinnamon or citrus scents to lift your spirits and bring a hint of sunshine inside.

Aromatherapists recommend bergamot, geranium, camomile and lavender essential oils for contracting the symptoms of SAD.


Bring a Little Sunshine Inside

Candles are an easy way to invite warmth and light into your home on winter evenings. I like to think of candles as mini-suns, after all they possess the same properties as the sunshine we miss so much, just on a much smaller scale. So light a few and enjoy the presence of some natural fire energy to fend off darker moods.

photo by Anxiety Slayer Shann




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How to Calm Your Mind by Entering the Moment

Anxiety sufferers don't spend much time in the moment. When the mind is disturbed by high levels of stress and anxiety, it's very hard to focus on where you are, or what you're doing. The anxious mind is always clouded by shadows from past painful experiences or negative predictions about what might go wrong in the future. Anxiety robs us of contentment and of any sense of the present moment. 

Absent mindedness and anxiety are good friends. Anxiety loves you to be diverted and disconnected, it wants you to be scattered, distracted and ungrounded. That's how it works best.

Mindfulness and relaxation are also friends. Mindfulness brings awareness of the present moment, it brings groundedness, it brings a sense of connection and contentment. This state of restful focus is stabilising and relaxing; and when the mind feels absorbed and relaxed it doesn't get so anxious.


In this podcast I'm sharing how you can learn to calm your mind by engaging it fully in the little things you do every day: walking, cooking, reading, washing dishes. There are so many opportunities to master your mind and reign in negative thinking.

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Read this podcast as an article: How to Use Mindfulness to Calm Anxiety

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One simple way to relax every day


One of the many benefits of hanging out with yogi's is that I've been introduced to the wonderful experience of being able to get myself really calm and quiet.

In this podcast I want to encourage you to experiment with settling yourself down for a few minutes each day and see how relaxed you can get your body.


How to Get Calm by Watching Your Breath

Once you've settled down and you feel comfortable, try watching your breath. Put one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest and feel your breath come and go.

Feel the change in temperature in your nose between your inhalation and exhalation, and play with making your exhalation a bit longer than your inward breath. 

Feel your breath coming into your chest and your belly, and then feel it leave and hear the sound it makes as it comes and goes.

The trick is to get really fascinated with your breath, and although it doesn't sound like such an amazingly interesting thing, the idea is to engage your mind in peaceful withdrawal from external stimulus. To feel calm, your mind needs something to focus on or it's going to start complaining and giving you things to think about that aren't relaxing at all; focusing on your breath is ideal.

By being relaxed and curious while noticing your breath you can lead yourself into a very peaceful and contented state.


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Help from an Expert

When trying to learn any skill the best thing you can do is learn how the skill is practiced by people who are already experts. How do your favorite writers write? How do the best soccer players kick a ball? Find success patterns and replicate them. Skellie


My Anxiety Slayer partner Shann is an expert in using her breath to help her feel relaxed and calm. She's also a first class life coach and yoga teacher, which makes her the perfect person to teach you how to enter into a peaceful state.

Her new audio download Letting Go is in the Anxiety Slayer Store now where you can download your copy instantly for the cost of a cup of coffee...



Related Resources:

Download: Yoga for Stress & Anxiety Relief

Download:Anxiety Relief Breathing Technique: Breathing Calm

Article: Breathing Your Way to a Calmer Place

Article: Entering the Moment



Simple Yoga for Anxiety Relief: Child's Pose


In this podcast, Shann talks our listeners through a simple yoga posture that's recommended for easing stress and anxiety: balasana or "child's pose".

"Find yourself an area where you can roll out your yoga mat. If you don't have a yoga mat that's fine, you can use a bath towel or a small carpet.

Begin by kneeling, and then slowly lowering your bottom onto your feet, sitting on your feet with your knees separated and your big toes touching.

With your eyes closed, fold your torso forward letting your forehead rest on the floor or on a support like a bolster or a blanket - so your head and neck can rest more fully.

At this point you can place your arms on the floor in front of you allowing the elbows to bend out to the sides, or you can bring your arms back behind you with your palms facing up and your arms resting  by the sides of your legs."




Benefits of Child's Pose:

  • Helpful for dizziness or fatigue
  • Calming for stress and anxiety
  • Stretches and relaxes the spine
  • Calms the mind and body
  • Encourages strong, steady breathing
  • Releases tension in the back and shoulders


Ayurveda recommends using Child's Pose frequently to help the mind and body feel safe and calm. Sometimes people suffering from anxiety feel the need to curl up and hide away for a while, this pose fulfils that need perfectly.  We recommend practicing for few minutes before bed while taking slow steady breaths.

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Yoga for Stress & Anxiety Relief downloads

Yoga Nidra


Gentle Yoga Postures

Inner Love: Yoga Nidra for Children




Heart Centred Meditation

Every Tuesday evening I head off to a beautiful candle lit barn to teach a meditation class. One of the favourite meditations our group enjoys is a very simple process called the Heart Centred Meditation. For this gentle meditation you sit quietly with your hands crossed over your chest, and send your awareness to your heart center while you notice your breath and feel your chest gently rise and fall.


In is podcast, I'll talk you through the process so you can it for yourself.



For more relaxation experiences like this we invite you to visit the Anxiety Slayer Store, where you will find a collection of stress and anxiety relief downloads and gentle yoga for stress and anxiety relief. Our audio is recorded with love and care and each meditation is available for the price of a cup of coffee.


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