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This time of year can be kind of gloomy.  If the sun isn’t shining outside, bring sunshine in to help you feel happier and beat the winter blues.

In my part of the country we sometimes have an inversion which means thick fog and almost no sunshine for days.  It feels dreary and people often feel depressed.  I love where I live and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, so I needed to find a way to bring the sunshine in to my home on the days when it’s gloomy outside.

Bring the sunshine in with these 4 tricks

4 Ways to Bring the Sunshine In on Gloomy Days:

Bring sunshine into your kitchen with a colorful fruit bowl.

  1.  A bright, colorful bowl of fruit brings the sunshine into your kitchen – Not only do the colorful fruit and vegetables visually brighten up your kitchen, they are full of anti-oxidants and, according to European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating fresh fruit and vegetables may actually help fight the symptoms of depression.

    Fresh cut flowers bring sunshine into your home

  2.  Fresh cut flowers brighten up your home – Whether you get the flowers from a store or pick them in your yard, fresh flowers look beautiful and smell good.

    Bring sunshine in to your home with bright colored artificial flowers in a pretty vase

  3. Artificial flowers in a pretty vase brighten up the home – When fresh cut flowers aren’t an option, and artificial flower arrangement in a pretty vase help to brighten up the room.  The benefit of artificial flowers are that they last longer so they don’t have to be replaced as often and they are more frugal.  I love this vase my father gave me the year before he passed away.  Seeing it reminds me of him.

    Essential oils bring sunshine in and uplift your mood

  4. Essential Oils have an uplifting effect on your home and the people in it –   On gloomy days, I really like to put uplifting essential oil in my diffuser.  There are many essential oils that can uplift your mood and give you the  feeling of well being that is so needed on those days when it’s gloomy outside.  I love to use Sweet Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, Grapefruit, and synergy essential oils blends like Eden’s Garden’s Simply Citrus, Uplift, Joy, Invigorate, Harmony, Sunshine Spice, and Exhale.

We can’t control the weather outside but we can control the atmosphere in our home.  Using these 4 tips can help you and your family feel better when it’s gloomy outside.

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Posted by Frugal Mommy

Hi I’m Heather, a busy, happy and very frugal mom of 8 amazing kids! My journey to become a mom of 8 has been a bumpy one that has included infertility, being a foster parent, adoption, and special needs parenting. I share the things I've learned raising my big unique family.

9 Comments

  1. Very nice ideas here! When I lived in Poland I was struggling with the same gloominess sometimes and I found that surrounding myself with colorful items helps a lot! And I love fresh flowers on the table anytime and anywhere 🙂

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    1. Bright colors is really helpful to me.

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  2. Great ideas! I *really* struggle in low light. That whole S.A.D thing really used to get to me. But I’ve found using some of your suggestions really helps > lots of colorful cheery things, diffusing oils, and…..I also tend to open all of the shades so that any light that is out there can come in, or…if it’s truly dark out, I just turn on many lights! Vitamin D is awesome, too. And music. I could go on and on. As they say, on a cloudy say, bring your own sunshine!

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    1. Opening shades and vitamin D are great tips.

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  3. These are great! Lucky me does not have many gloomy days (the joy of the desert) but if we move, I’m going to need these tips for sure! I forsee a ton of gloomy days in my future!

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    1. I live in the Idaho desert but we are surrounded by mountains so we get that inversion.

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  4. Amazing tips!
    I totally agree that colors and fragrances make us refresh and energetic!
    I remember eating a bowl full of salad with bright colors brightened up my mood 😀

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    1. Yes fruit salad is wonderful on a gloomy day!

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      1. yeah! Made my day 😀

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