16 Legit Ways To Say 'Bye Felicia' To The Winter Blues
Hate winter? You're not alone. Many of us literally feel sad once days start getting shorter and darker. Seasonal Affective Disorder or "SAD" can leave us feeling tired and unmotivated. Don't be left out in the cold. Here are 16 ways to combat snowmageddon and start enjoying old man winter again.
1. Take A Hike
Call up bae and brave the elements. Go for a stroll on a sunny winter day, soak up some Vitamin D, (the sunshine vitamin), and toss those winter blues away.
2. Visit A Greenhouse
It'll feel like summer never left. Spend an afternoon amidst lush, fresh greenery and start planning your summer garden. Make it an outing with friends and bring along some summery clothes to really get into the vibe.
3. Head To The Spa
Jack Frost won't find you here. The only thing nipping at your nose will be the blackhead remover during your facial where you've decided to make your season bright with a day at the spa.
6. Add Some Colour
Don't let a little snowpocalypse stand in the way of a shopping spree! Resist the urge to default to black this winter by brightening up your wardrobe with lots of cheery colours.
7. Stay In Bed
It may be morning but you're not feeling it. It's freezing and you don't want to get up so why not hunker down and indulge in a little human hibernation by staying in bed for an extra few?
8. Get Crafty
Baby it's cold outside and you're snowed in anyway, so why not pass the time knitting or crocheting your friends some creative winter gear while impressing them with your DIY skills?
9. Buy Yourself Flowers
Roses are red, violets are blue, keep spirits up, with a bouquet or two. Apart from the bad rhyme, it's true, fresh flowers at home and work can make all the difference on a gloomy winter day.
10. Get Lost In A Great Book
Winter is the perfect time to get to those books piled up on your nightstand. Start a book club and discuss all things literary with great friends.
11. Make A Snow Angel
Remember how much fun winter was as a kid? Get outside and spread your wings again. Get some snow paint and turn your snow angel into a work of art.
12. Throw A Hawaiian-Themed Party
Take back the beach! Turn up the heat and throw a luau party with your besties but take it easy on the Mai Tais. Winter already sucks enough without a hangover too.
13. Take A Vacation
Leave the kids with the grandparents and head to the beach. No babysitter? Try a staycation with the family at an indoor water park and get in on the fun. Just be sure to schedule self-care time.
Winter is so wicked before you know it, you've barricaded yourself inside and become a hermit. Social isolation leads to depression so make sure to make regular plans to get out and have fun with your friends.
15. Find Time For Fido
Animals reduce stress and help us stay active. Spend some time with your trusty sidekick or get yourself a new bff to snuggle up at your feet during those cold winter nights.
16. Fake It Til You Make It
Research shows smiling whether you're feeling it or not, can improve your mood by tricking your brain into releasing feel-good hormones so fake til you make it and soon enough, it'll be summer again.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. How do you brave the big chill?