Cures for the Winter Blahs

Yesterday morning, my alarm went off just in time for me to do a strength workout. A couple of snoozes later, and an “I don’t wanna”, I was up and getting ready for the day, sans healthy smoothie or workout. I barely dragged myself out the door, despite the fact that I really love the work I am doing.

The rest of the day continued the same way. I couldn’t wake up, and I just felt completely down in the dumps the entire day. When my husband came to pick me up from work, I went home, plopped down on my yoga mat, and just wanted to spend the rest of my life in Savasana.

After a few minutes I got up, and I decided to make the best of the evening by turning the whole day, and in turn the week, around.

How to cure the winter blues or blahs?


Step #1: Have a kitchen dance party while making something ooey gooey and delicious like butternut squash mac and cheese or butternut squash lasagna. Kitchen dance parties are my favorite; just crank up your favorite music and move around while getting all sorts of cooking and cleaning done. You’re guaranteed to feel better after.

Bully Boy White Rum

Step #2: Make a sunny cocktail. I went back to last summer, when I attended the opening of Todd English’s Olives and made a citrusy orange and olive oil cocktail, featuring Bully Boy white rum and Frances Mayes’ Bramasole olive oil.


Oranges are a positive thing about winter! At least I can think of one. . .

navel oranges

Step #3: Luxuriate in a bubble bath filled with Hot Buttered Rum bubbles from Philosophy. My mom always gets me Philosophy products for Christmas, and I love them.

Hot Buttered Rum Bubble Bath

Step #4: Dream about someplace warm, or, if you are lucky, plan a trip. We’re planning an April visit to our home-away-from-home, Sonoma County, and I am walking on sunshine just thinking about being there.

Winter blues are pretty common; I find it most important to be kind to yourself while getting through it. Next up? Hopefully making myself keep my commitment to hot yoga. I think it will help a ton.

How do you get through the winter blues and blahs?

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  1. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Definitely hard to continue waking up in this cold weather, especially when its still dark out!

    Your steps sound pretty good, especially that cocktail, it was delicious!


  2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Eating or drinking anything citrus is one of my favorites! And yes, hot yoga definitely helps too!


  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    This sounds like a great start to curing the winter blues (especially the cocktail)! I also find that having things to look forward to on the horizon, big or little, help the time to pass. And usually a good walk outside with my dog does make me feel better, even if I dread it at the time!


  4. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I definitely have the winter blahs these days! To help combat them, I usually force myself to walk to the gym, cook or bake something in the kitchen, or meet up with friends/Z for a beer (or two). I find just getting up or out of the house helps to snap me out of a blah mood!


  5. Megan’s avatar

    I do love winter oranges. Otherwise, I often have the winter blues too. Lately I’ve been feeling really lazy and can’t motivate myself to do much of anything. A kitchen dance party may be just the cure.


  6. Daisy’s avatar

    I just had to tweet at you about my love for solo kitchen dance parties. The rest of this list is equally as fantastic.


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