10 Ways to Beat The Winter Blahs

March 12, 2013 11:35 AM

Guest writer Lauren Carbis is the creator of Lifescape Image, a personal coaching and image consulting service. Here are her tips for making it through the last stretch of winter in style and good spirits:

Sometimes – around this time of year – it seems like the colour is sucked out of your life, leaving everything feeling and looking a bit dull. From your wardrobe and hair to your social life, a lack of the sun and warmth can turn everything a depressing shade of gray and before you even brush your teeth, all you want to do is crawl back in bed and sleep the day away.

These doldrums are symptoms for what is commonly referred to as the winter blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The Mayo clinic states that as many as one in five Americans have SAD, and 75 percent are women.

So what do we do to beat the moody winter blues? We overcompensate in the glamour department! Nothing brings color and energy back into our life better than a bit of personal pampering.

Here are 10 ways to make yourself feel too good to be blue:


1. Get Moving  – Here are some workout videos you can do at home to get your energy pumping again. A little natural color to your face and a pep in your step can go a long way in beating those blues.

2. Get Centered – Meditation on the go: there’s an app for that. This is perfect for realigning your sense of calm after a hectic day. Or, if you’re like me, you can use it at night to help you drift off into a peaceful sleep.

3. Get Moisturized – During winter, the air is harsh and damaging to our delicate skin, so be sure you are using a cream (as it locks in your moisture) instead of a lotion, which evaporates and leaves your skin unprotected. I personally recommend Arbonne Extra Moisturizing Cream. As a bonus for my readers, sign up for my newsletter and you’ll have a chance to win a 100 ml sample of this fabulous face cream!

4. Get Gloves – Having to take your gloves off to answer your phone is a thing of the past! Pictured here are Echo Tech Smart Gloves for your Smart Phone.

5. Get Bunned – Glamorous hair doesn’t have to take long. Here’s a style that can withstand those blustery winds – use a sock bun! Watch this creative video to learn how. And pick up your own bun right here.

6. Get Comfy – Let’s face it, we put ourselves through a lot of discomfort in the name of fashion, but that is not the case with these Second Denim Yoga pants. Comfortable and stylish, you can’t go wrong with a pair (or four) of these.

7. Get Indulgent – Luxury, thy name is Armani. Indulge your lips in this luxurious brand whose line for lips is known for being as hydrating as a balm. That’ll bring sexy back to your lips.

8. Get Smooth! Rehydrate and protect your hair with this amazing formula of silk proteins and shine producing botanicals. Biosilk Thearpy will bring that sleek, smooth look back into dull, dry and damaged hair.

9. Get Whitening – Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects session can dramatically improve your smile, which will make you want to show it off.

10. Get Intrigued – Add a little intrigue to your day with this great horoscope which will pique your interest about things to come and lure you out of bed.


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