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.
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. . .
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.
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?