There are many things I like about winter, but there are also many things I don’t like about it. Dark mornings, short days, and cold, damp hours can make you sluggish at best and depressed at worst. Most of the time we don’t go out and see each other much. And ironically, in the run-up to Christmas, socializing can be so forced that it can feel overwhelming.
On the other hand, those who suffer from SAD (seasonal depression) are doubly worse. can cause it.
This is because a lack of sunlight interferes with the functioning of the brain’s hypothalamus, which boosts the production of melatonin, making you sleepy, reduces serotonin, the ‘happiness hormone’, and disrupts your body clock.
When we’re feeling down, we often reach for our credit cards and indulge in shopping therapy to cheer ourselves up. And there’s nothing wrong with that… unless you end up buying something you don’t need and regret paying for it, further reinforcing the cycle of disgust.
There are some things you should spend your money on, but really help in our mental health and general mood during winter. We’re talking about feeling comfortable, sleeping better, making your home office more comfortable, and enjoying home life more. .
1. Relieve SAD Symptoms with a Vitamin L Lamp
There are many LED lamps for SAD on the market, but they all basically work the same. Get plenty of light to alleviate the general lack of sunlight available in winter. The difference from Lumie is slim and light compactness of 28 x 20 x 3 cm. Shaped like an iPad, it can be carried anywhere and doesn’t take up much space on your desk. In addition, it comes with a convenient stand that can be placed vertically or horizontally.
It is UV-free and certified as a medical device to the ISO 13485 standard, providing 10,000 lux when placed 16cm apart and 2,500 lux when placed 50cm apart. A ripple effect diffuser softens the light, making it less annoying than pure white light.
Having trouble sleeping? Filled with memory foam, this ergonomic pillow is specially shaped for your specific sleeping position to help relieve discomfort in your head, neck and shoulders. As such, they may feel a little uncomfortable at first, as they are heavier and firmer than regular pillows. However, it hugs the head in a way that feather- and polyester-filled pillows can’t, and has been well received by osteopaths and general consumers alike.
3. Purify the Air with a Snake Plant
This hardy, low-maintenance houseplant from Beards & Daisies is one of the best plants to improve the air quality in your home or studio. Known for removing toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide from the air, it has distinctive long, upright leaves with yellow edges. Native to tropical West Africa, it is perfect for this time of year as it tolerates low light better than other houseplants.
4. Invest in a standing desk for your home or office with the FlexiSpot Standing Desk
Humans were not designed by evolution to sit. There are no sofas in Savannah. So one of the best ways to give you more energy, lift your mood, and protect your spine is to switch between sitting and standing at your desk. We recommend FlexiSpot’s latest model, a standing desk called the Q8. Not only is it eco-friendly and sustainable, but it also features various charging options, keyboard and tabletop integration, a powerlifting system and a gently curved design. Cable management system. It’s not the cheapest option, but it’s certainly high quality and built to last.
5. Keep your spine comfortable while on the move with the Harmoni Standing Desk
When using a coworking space (for those who don’t want to splurge on a permanent standing desk at home), why not use a convenient item that turns your usual desk into a standing desk? It’s made from strong, sturdy birch plywood with bright colors and a smooth finish. Comes with 2 shelves. The smaller one is for the laptop and the larger one is for the keyboard.
Nothing is guaranteed to make you feel better than great music. But rather than relying on crappy laptop or tablet speakers, can you invest in a decent Hi-Fi system and enjoy your favorite tunes with precision clarity? It delivers beautiful, balanced sound with great connectivity. Stream via AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify, Tidal, or connect seamlessly to your laptop, TV, and other devices.
Writing should be a pleasure and fun, not a chore. Treat yourself to the iconic Caran d’Ache luxury limited edition ballpoint pen. The distinctive hexagonal barrel lends it a streamlined silhouette and aesthetic appeal, while the simple push-button mechanism and long-lasting Goliath refill make it a very practical choice as well.
As they say, a tidy home, a tidy mind. If you’re looking to stay organized, you’ll love this toolbox from award-winning Stockholm-based designer Shane Schnek. Convenient and practical, this quirky plastic box has additional compartments on the sides and top of the handle to optimize storage space. It comes in gray or dusty green and measures 21 x 30.5 x 14.5cm.
9. Hay Color Crates keep everything where you need it
Another great storage solution from Hay. These fun storage bins are made from 100% recycled plastic waste and are stackable in various size combinations. Boasting a unique perforated design, it is suitable for storing and organizing various items in a shelf, table or cupboard.
10. Happiness is a new pencil case for September
Your house is cluttered with random stationery but can’t find what you need? Present/Correct’s lovely leather envelopes have been refreshed with 5 new additions: Blush, Skye, Coffee, York and Forest. Added color. Handcrafted in London, it measures 200x100mm, has brass studs and is perfect for pencils, pens and other office supplies.
It seems that the more digital our lives become, the more we want outdated analog gear. Here is a good example. This large 1960’s tabletop abacus is in excellent condition and comes with its original box. Composed of perfect gradients from yellow, orange and red to dark purple, it is 51cm in diameter and 16cm high and features a plastic counter, wooden base and wire framework.