Shaking the Winter Blahs

10 Feb

Umph…winter is in full effect here in the Mitten. Yesterday, we reached a lovely 4 degrees and today was a lovely 1 with a -10 windchill when I left for work.  And to be honest, all of the the snow, grey, short days and blustery temps are starting to melt away my motivation. When it is freezing out, all you want to do is get under the covers!!

I guess I wasn’t the only one feeling this way –  the peeps over at Cosmo provided a list of action items to chip away your winter blues.

1. Turn on your lights as soon as your alarm goes off—trying to get ready for work in the dark will only make you sleepier and more sluggish.

Fair enough, but what if you then spend an hour driving to work in the dark? Doesn’t help much.

2. Wake up to the smell of coffee. Set your coffeemaker to turn on a few minutes before you rise and breathe in the irresistible scent.

-Totally works! I will definately get out of bed for some mud.

3. Bundle up and take a walk during lunch. The artificial light you’re under all day is no substitute for the real thing. Getting out and actually soaking up whatever sun you can while breathing fresh air will lift your spirits.

-A few times a week I try to venture out for a walk. I ALWAYS feel better.

4. Make happy hour pacts. It can be so easy to run home straight after work, but parking yourself in front of the TV or Facebook every night will only depress you. Agree to meet your friends once a week for drinks.

I can get behind this!!

5. Have before-dinner sex. Is there any better way to take advantage of the last hour of daylight?

-Another great suggestion – leave it to Cosmo.

6. Take a vitamin D supplement, which has mood-enhancing benefits. In the colder months, you just can’t get enough naturally from the sun’s rays.

7. Re-decorate. When it’s grey outside, make it bright inside. Add splashes of color to your home with poppy lamps and pillows. Or, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, paint your walls yellow for maximum happiness infusion.

-I tried to explain this to PG when I went on a spending spree at Pottery Barn…he didn’t quite support it 🙂

8. Pick up a few buds from a local shop to display in your apartment for some much-needed freshness and a little life.

-However, PG did suprise me with some beautiful flowers the other day 🙂

9. Plan a mini outdoor getaway. Don’t spend your days off inside and waste daylight you can enjoy. Go sledding or explore a nearby town and check out the holiday window displays, which are usually great this time of year.

10. Have a romantic dinner by candlelight. Take advantage of the darkness and turn your apartment into the ultimate sultry escape. We don’t need to tell you what happens next.

Viva Las Vegas

Number nine brings up a great idea – take a trip. So, we are! You might have remembered my post, Maybe the Birds Have it Right where I talked about my need for a change of scenery. Well, last week PG and I booked our vacation in Las Vegas! We love Vegas, in fact, we got engaged there almost three years ago. We leave next week and I am really, really looking forward to a vay-cay. No, it won’t be ninety degrees, but we are looking forward to some sun, the spa, good eats and relaxing. I’m so excited that I get to pull out my summer clothes a month early. Whoo hoo.

Do you ever get the winter blahs? What do you do to shake it up until spring?



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