9 Smart Products To Help to cure Your winter blues

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It’s said that in Canada, February is the worst month for winter blues. We’re smack in the middle of winter, the days are the shortest they are all year, and when it’s not freezing it’s slushy and grey. Add to that the fact that we had Valentine’s day to reckon with, so it’s no wonder morale in the city is not high at this time. If you’re struggling with winter blues, resist the urge to shut yourself in your place and wallow in a Netflix rabbit hole. Our technology can, on one hand, make us feel us cooped up – but it can also help us keep our moods and spirits up in a big way.

Here are 9 techn-driven products that’ll help cure the winter blues and make the rest of your winter brighter

PHILIPS Wake-Up Light with Coloured Sunrise Simulation
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PHILIPS Wake-Up Light with Coloured Sunrise Simulation

If you just can’t stomach the idea of opening your front door on a frosty February morning to get a morning dose of Vitamin D, hack your mornings with a dawn simulator. Studies have shown that a dawn simulator, which is a device that simulates dawn by gradually filling your bedroom with gentle light over a set period of time, can actually serve as an antidepressant. If you want to really make it easier to get out of bed in those cold winter mornings, this product from PHILIPS.

$69.96 at Amazon
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
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Vitruvi Stone Diffuser

Keep the air in your home fresh and uplifting with this Vitruvi diffuser. Studies have shown that aromatherapy can be helpful for reducing anxiety and supporting sleep. In addition to its benefits, this diffuser is chic and comes in three colours so there’s bound to be one to match your space.

$155 at Sephora
DMinder App
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DMinder App

This Vitamin D tracker app uses the GPS in your phone to find out where you are in the world, and then finds out when you can get vitamin D. The app will send you notifications to make sure you get your sun exposure at optimal times of day. If you tend to notice a difference in your mood based on your sun exposure, you’ll definitely want to use this app to hack your mood.

Free at iTunes
Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Bright Light Therapy Lamp
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Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Bright Light Therapy Lamp

A proper therapy lamp is one of the most effective and convenient ways to keep your mood up this winter. This top-rated lamp is built based on a model used by researchers around the world and it provides the maximum recommended 10,000 LUX of glare-free white light. It’s big surface area means it’s sure to deliver the light you need. Keep it poised on your desk or dresser and soak in light energy during the day.

$135.97 at Amazon
BluBlox SummerGlo glasses
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BluBlox SummerGlo glasses

Wear these yellow-tinted glasses during the day to shield yourself from the harsh artificial blue light from your devices. Blue light can mess up your sleep schedule, cause headaches, and irritability. Did you know excessive blue light raises your stress hormones – and paired with lack of sunlight, can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression? BluBlox has your back with these tech-driven lenses that don’t look like goggles. The brands SummerGlo glasses keep your peepers protected from your screen light and also include yellow colour therapy to uplift your mood.

$175 at Blueblox
Fitness Builder App
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Fitness Builder App

Getting your cardio in daily is truly one of the best ways to beat the winter blues. In addition to increasing the quality of your sleep, working out can also kick-start your metabolism, relieve anxiety, and trigger feel-good endorphins. Get your workouts in this month even when you don’t want to leave the house with FitnessBuilder – an app that helps you basically use your phone to turn your place into a gym. With 1,000 workouts to choose from, you can create a plan, schedule workouts, and chart your progress.

Free at iTunes
Kaiterra Laser Egg Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor
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Kaiterra Laser Egg Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor

You’re cooped up inside for at least another few weeks, so the air quality you breathe may as well be fresh and pure. The Kaiterra Laser Egg monitors major pollutants and other components that affect indoor air quality, including dust, VOCs (chemicals), temperature, and humidity. It may not stop cabin fever, but it’ll keep you breathing easy no matter what.

$199 at Kaiterra
Thermos Water Bottle with Smart Lid
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Thermos Water Bottle with Smart Lid

Staying hydrated is key for keeping your energy up, and in the winter, it’s easy to forget – especially when you’re feeling sluggish and down. This 24oz water bottle with a smart lid measures your liquid intake and sync up your data with your phone so you can keep track of your progress on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. No excuses now.

$57.97 at Amazon
Oura Ring
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Oura Ring

Everything is just way harder when you’re not sleeping properly – especially when the winter blues hit. Oura is a smart ring you wear on your finger that tracks your vitals and offers you personalized plans for optimizing various aspects of your life – mainly, sleep. It tracks your body temperature, movement and more, and it uses that data to craft a plan to help you get the most quality shut-eye possible. All of the data goes straight to an app where you can see your life in numbers.

From $299 at Oura

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