how to fight the winter blues.


Are you suffering from the winter blues? Well, you’re not alone, because I am, too! Although we have {supposedly} had one of the mildest winters in Seattle, it still doesn’t change the fact that it’s cold AF and dark at 5pm. This makes the days short and the winter looooonng, and this time every year I start to go a little stir crazy. I’m not the most outdoorsy person in the world, but not being able to excerise outside, take Tayler to the park or even see the sunshine for sometimes weeks on end can get depressing. That’s why I’m sharing a few ways that you can beat the winter blues that we all suffer with {unless you already live in paradise, in which case take me with you}.


6 ways to beat the winter blues

  1. Plan a trip somewhere sunny. Living in Seattle, any true northwesterner will tell you that you must go on a trip somewhere sunny in the Winter in order to keep your sanity. It also gives you something to look forward too after the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over and reality sets in. For us, we always choose California, specifically San Diego - you are almost always likely to get sunshine and it’s a quick 2 hour flight away from us. We are heading there a week from Wednesday and I could not be more excited (you can read my San Diego travel guide, here).! *If you can’t afford to hop on a plane, book a trip somewhere close, even if it’s just for one night the act of getting away and relaxing in a new environment can do the body good - see some of my favorites below.

  2. Organize your life! Take a cue from the crap weather and shortness of daylight and start to organize your life. This will not only keep your mind off things, but will keep you occupied all weekend long. You will feel so much more productive once you’re done knowing that everything is in its place and you can take on the year like a boss! *Blog post on how I organize my home coming soon!

  3. Excerise at least 20 minutes a day. I mentioned it’s hard not to be able to get outside but this is where the gym or phone apps come in handy. Getting some oxygen flowing to my body improves my mood, helps me sleep better and fends off those super sleepy days that are prone to happen when it’s grey + gloomy all day. *Read more about how to get healthier in the new year in this post.

  4. Get a tan. Please don’t go run to the tanning bed, although someone did suggest I do that the other day for some artificial vitamin D. If only there wasn’t the risk of cancer I’d be right there. Instead, I opt for a spray tan or a good sunless tanning lotion. Adding a nice little glow to my very pale skin this time of year can totally perk me up {yes, it’s artificial I know, but hey do what makes you feel good}!

  5. Get a new do. I always book a hair appointment for a cut and fresh color this time of year. The winter can be extremely drying and damaging to your hair so it’s a great time to cut off those dead ends and lighten up your color.. I just chopped off about 4 inches from my hair and I feel like a new woman!

  6. Book a facial. It’s important to treat to your skin the same way you would any other part of your body and skincare experts recommend getting a facial every change of season. This time of year is the perfect time to rid all the dead skin and start fresh just in time for Spring!. *I’ll admit I haven’t done one since Fall so I’ll be booking this ASAP!

Oh, and just getting out and laughing helps, too!

Oh, and just getting out and laughing helps, too!

Favorite local staycations: Alderbrook Resort & Spa, Lake Chelan, Leavenworth.

Favorite tanning salon: Twilight Tans in Tukwila (she also offers in-home services as well)

Hair salon: I visit Salon Ish in Puyallup and see stylist Kim.

Favorite spas: I really like Head to Toe Day Spa in West Seattle, but also have heard great things about Flourish Beauty and dying to try their facial.

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