9 Products For People Who Hate Winter
Mark your calendars, because November is steadily approaching — which means, winter weather is just around the corner. While some people may be looking forward to the holidays and first snowfall, others of us (ahem) dread wintertime. For people who hate winter, it's essential to stock up on a few must-have items you can keep at home that will make ~snow szn~ easier to get through.
If you feel like the winter season takes a toll on your mental health, you're not alone: According to the American Family Physician, somewhere between 4 to 6 percent of people in the U.S. are believed to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), most of them in winter. What's more, Psychology Today reports an additional 10 to 20 percent of people are estimated to have a milder version of SAD during wintertime. Unsurprisingly, surveys from Gallup Poll and YouGov conducted over the years have routinely revealed that winter is the least favorite season among the majority of Americans.
However, if winter has you feeling gloomy — or even if you simply don't enjoy the freezing temperatures, frigid air, and blankets of snow — there are products that can get you through the coldest time of the year. And if someone in your life happens to be one of these people, hey — these make great holiday presents. From flowering teas to light therapy lamps, here are nine products you need heading into the season if you can't stand winter weather.
1. A Heated Mattress Topper
Sunbeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad
Forget about a heated blanket: For people who really despise the cold weather, investing in a heated mattress topper is the way to go. This one you can purchase from Amazon has ten different heat settings, and will only set you back around $65. It will keep summer lovers cozy and warm all winter long.
2. An Instant Pot
If you tend to hibernate like a bear until winter is long gone, buying a good-quality Instant Pot is probably a good idea. It allows you to prepare your meals for the week without worry — whether you cook an in-season stew to warm you up, or whip up your favorite summer dish.
3. Summer Scented Candles
It may almost be the holiday season, but that doesn't mean your house has to smell like pumpkin spice and nutmeg. Try out a few candles with summer scents to help make the coldest months of the year a little more bearable; These designer candles crafted by Embla come in a coconut and lime scent.
4. A Light Therapy Lamp
Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0 Light Therapy Lamp
Light therapy lamps may not stack up to a sunny day spent on the beach, but, they may help you feel more energized in the dead of winter. According to Circadian Optics, their lamp can help you "beat the winter blues, circadian sleep disorders, shift work adjustment, and fatigue." This Lumos lamp is just under one foot tall, and weighs a little over a pound — making it easy to bring with you to work, or move around your apartment.
5. A Tropical Fruit Box
6. Soft Slippers
7. A Winter Outerwear Set
8. A Summery Bath Bomb
Cheer Up Buttercup Bath Bomb
Need a little pick-me-up when winter has you feeling down? Try to relax with a bath bomb that reminds you of a June afternoon. This one from LUSH smells like lime, neroli, and lemon myrtle, and is topped with blue cornflowers (that bloom throughout summer) to add a little bit of color.
9. Blooming Tea
Evening Star Flowering Tea
Mountain Rose Herbs
The trees may be barren in January, and the ground will probably be covered in snow, but flowering teas can breathe a little life back into winter. Like the name suggests, these tea balls will "bloom" as you pour hot water on them, and remind you of springtime, when everything begins to grow.
Slap on your slippers, curl up in the tub with a bright bath bomb, or enjoy a classic summer recipe. With the help of a few products that will keep you toasty — and other items that will make you feel like it's still sunny — wintertime doesn't have to feel like such a drag.