Beat the Winter Blues
Posted on January 10 2019
January, February and March are the months I dread the most. The holidays are over, the bright lights and fun decorations have started to come down, and it’s dark when I wake up and dark before I even get home from work. Since I live in New York, it gets so cold outside sometimes that the air actually pinches at my skin. I can get super depro and lazy but this year I decided to fight it like a mother. I asked my mom and Amanda for some ideas and together we were able to come up with a few things that will help us all get out of the winter slump.
Host A Girls Night
Even if it’s just a PJ party (because on Friday nights, you’re lucky if I’m wearing a bra) get your friends over and pull out the Drink Tower. It's a fun way to stay home, be warm and hang with your friends. This Jenga inspired drinking game will 100% bring out a few belly laughs. If you're like me and you really can't hang, I like to make my drink and then just pour little sips into the shot glass so I can watch how much I'm drinking.
There is something about looking back at those old summer photos when your skin is sun kissed and healthy. In the middle of January my skin turns this weird shade of green/grey and everyone asks me if I’m tired or sick all the time. I’ll be honest, I don’t like going to the tanning bed. I sweat my butt off in there and then leave all hot and sticky, run to my car in the freezing cold and I’m sick in 5 seconds. No thanks. So instead, I tan myself at home because it’s way healthier for your skin and for my immune system. I swear by Tahitian Tan. It always leaves me bronze (not gross and orange) and it’s so easy to use.
It’s important to take time for yourself. I like to make myself a cup of tea and chill for a few. It feels really nice to pull out my tea box, pick my flavor and brew myself a nice cup of tea in a sassy little mug. Then I’ll sit and breathe, maybe decompress by meditating with my Headspace app, take a bath, binge a Netflix series - totally spoil myself!
I also like to take a few drops of liquid Vitamin D every day and incorporate some yoga into my routine. I practice at home using the Down Dog app. I love this app because I can adjust the type of class I want, the music, and time I have available to practice.
I hope these ideas help pull you out of the winter slump! I’m wildly unenthused about these winter months, but I can’t lie, I’m super excited for a blizzard and a cup of tea.
Xx - Mackenzie