After the excitement of the holidays disappears, we find ourselves fighting off boredom and the winter blues. It is easy to fall into a routine of watching movies on your warm and cozy couch instead of socializing and bathing in the sun (which requires you to face the freezing cold wind). To help you battle the blues, we’ve created a list of our favorite activities to boost your mood and reconnect with yourself and the world around you.
BEAUTY & HEALTH ACTIVITIES
EXERCISE Exercise is the best way to boost your mood! It has been proven that exercise can make you exponentially happier and more motivated. Go do your favorite winter outdoor activity or do a quick 10 minute workout in your home! See our fitness guide for some easy moves you can do in your living room!
TREAT YOURSELF TO A MANI-PEDI Let’s be honest, your hands and feet could use some TLC this winter. Grab a girlfriend, or enjoy some me time, and get your nails done.
GET A MASSAGE & FACIAL A massage is a sure way to make you relaxed and feeling great! Allow yourself a spa day and opt for that facial you always pass on. Your face will be glowing, and you’ll have the perfect excuse to post a selfie of your beautiful self!
MEDITATE We cannot think of a better way to expel stress than to close your eyes and think about nothing. Go to that yoga class you haven’t had time for, or set up a cozy spot in your home and find a class on YouTube.
SOAK UP THE SUN Bundle up, go for a walk, and get your daily dose of vitamin D. It’s a simple way to ease your bad mood and put some color on your cheeks.
ME TIME ACTIVITIES
READ A BOOK Escape the cold and windy world outside, and get lost in a book that takes you far away from your stress and problems. Your mind will feel refreshed, and you will be more willing to do your work and crush those goals with a clear head. Need a book suggestion? Try one of the National Book Award Winners from this year!
DANCE IT OUT Dance by yourself, in your bedroom, with the volume all the way up. Channel your inner Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang. Dancing is perfect for shaking away winter blues and boosting your confidence.
TAKE A LUXURIOUS BUBBLE BATH Buy a million scented candles, bath bombs, and oils and make yourself a luxurious bubble bath. Turn off your phone and listen to music, read a book or magazine, and sip some wine while relaxing.
REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE Give your living space a fresh and cozy makeover. Move furniture around for some new flow or cozy up your place with a few simple but effective details like candles and blankets.
FOOD & DRINK ACTIVITIES
BAKE SOME GOODIES Bake a cake or cookies to share with your friends and family. Make something winter themed like gingerbread, snickerdoodles, or try our amazing figgy pudding recipe. Your home will smell like warm sugar and cake, yum!
COOK Cook that meal you’ve always wanted but were too afraid to try. Or make that family recipe that brings you comfort. Food is a guaranteed way to make you happy, and making something from scratch will give you a sense of pride and fulfillment.
GET COFFEE Try the new coffee shop down the road with a few friends. Be sure to order that extravagant drink and enjoy it!
HOST AN INTIMATE DINNER PARTY Invite a few of your closest friends over for a fancy dinner party. Cook a three course meal, set up your china that’s gathering dust, and drink champagne!
OUT ON THE TOWN ACTIVITIES
SIP & PAINT Sign you and a few friends up for a sip and paint class. Enjoy some good drinks and company, and be creative at the same time! It’s a great way to let your guard down and just have fun!
SEE A COMEDY SHOW Buy tickets to a comedy show in your area, or enjoy stand up at a local dive bar. Laughing is the perfect way to cheer you up, and a comedy show is much more fun than the movies.
PLAN A STAYCATION Book a hotel, grab a fancy dinner, and enjoy the night out all while staying in town. Make it a girls weekend and escape from the hectic work week or a romantic “getaway” for you and your guy.