Remember when it was sunny and warm and we made plans to be outdoors, not avoid them? I miss those joyous times. Now we’re stuck inside out of must-keep-warm necessity, and the times we are outside, like our commute from the office, the sun has already left us for the day and we’re greeted by the dark lord that is Voldemort winter.

As beautiful as snow is and as jolly as the holidays are, winter has a darker side: seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is our body’s reaction to a decrease in sunlight exposure. The reduced exposure can disrupt our circadian rhythms and imbalance our serotonin and melatonin levels. Lucky for us, #Science has been working on ways to combat SAD and has come up with a few items to help us do just that! Ready? Let’s see the light! (I’m sorry)

Light Boxes + Wake-up lights
Light Boxes are exactly what they sound like: not-necessarily-so-little boxes that emit light to help “trick” your body into thinking it’s absorbing sunlight. Snag one for yourself and sit with it in your apartment. Basically treat it like your new pet – pet it, coo it, and soak up those unnatural, but helpful, “rays”.

There are untold tens of light boxes out there, but the one we like is the NorthStar 10,000 by Alaska Northern Lights. It gives off 10,000 lux (which is great) and it’s pretty portable. But best of all? You can get it on sale right now on the Alaska Northern Lights website! Go!

Wake-up lights work off the same premise as light boxes, but they’re special for wake up times. Basically the wake-up light will start to brighten 30-45 minutes before your alarm is set to jolt you out of bed as a way of acclimating your body to the light. The idea is to simulate sunrise as closely as possible and gently brighten you out of sleep as opposed to violently blinding you.

The Philips Wake-up Light is our pick if you want to go in that direction. Also, just like the light box, this little guy is on-sale. Head over to Amazon Prime and get you one of them. It’s the light thing to do (I’m still so sorry).

Essential Oils + Diffuser
Contrary to popular belief, we at Slice aren’t scientists. There is however, some credible science behind the idea that essential oils can help improve mood, and help treat depression associated with SAD.

If you’re the type to love some aromatherapy and incense wafting through your home, this might be for you. Aromatherapy isn’t an exact science necessarily, but there are countless resources out on the world wide web from which to gather the pertinent information you need to buy the oils you need.

Once you’ve got your oils, all you need is a diffuser to diffuse them into the air so you can get well on your way to smelling yourself out of SAD.

The diffuser we recommend–partly because we use it–is the VicTsing 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier. It’s discrete yet effective, adorable (look at that thing!) yet powerful, and it’s cheap!

We promise, winter will end eventually. In the meantime, do what you can to make it a happier time. Oh, and don’t forget to download the Slice App for your Apple or Android devices. Slice will give you a full view of your online orders so you won’t have to wait by the door. You’ll be able to see the light coming. See what I did there? (I couldn’t be more sorry.)

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