Alright. We are officially snowver-it. The arctic temps and giant piles of snow, the traffic that moves as a glacial pace, the general mood of New England…this winter has been THE WORST! And it’s hard to see an end in sight when the local news predicts more is on the way. Don’t let Mr. Winter get you down, though. From investing in therapeutic massages to swiping on a bright lipstick, here are 5 easy and fun ways to give the winter blahs the boot.
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1) Brighten Up Your Shower With Citrus Scents
Turn every trip to the shower into an uplifting, sensory experience with citrus-based products, like our Swept Away Body Scrub. Studies show that fruity scents, particularly orange, lemon, and grapefruit, can reduce anxiety and stress. For example. a recent study published in Prevention showed that participants exhibited lower levels of stress and anxiety after inhaling sweet orange oil.
2) Put On A Happy Face
If you can’t beat winter…trick it into thinking it’s summer with makeup inspired by warmer weather. Store the nudes, matte grays, and browns, and opt for brighter shades that add a pop of color. Our easiest solution: swipe on a bright pink, coral, or orange-based red lipstick to stand out against the cold. Try our Pure Mineral Lipstick in Red Carpet or Gigi for an instant makeup wake-up.
3) Invest In Some R & R
Winter weather doesn’t just affect our moods; it can have a devastating affect on our muscles and joints. Regular therapeutic massages feel amazing, and they can help alleviate stiffness, soreness, and discomfort in bodies that have been bracing themselves in the cold—not to mention shoveling mountains of snow.Contact our student clinic or an Elizabeth Grady salon near you to schedule your next body massage.
4) Shake Up Your A.M. Routine
If you’re like me, your best intentions for hitting the gym after work are often ignored after a long day at the office and a commute home in freezing temps. Instead of hoping you’ll actually make it to the gym, get your blood pumping in the A.M. You are more likely to actually do it. And guess what? Studies show that daily exercise increases brain function and productivity and boosts overall happiness.
5) Eat The Rainbow
It’s time to get colorful in the kitchen! There’s an incredible array of winter fruits and veggies to incorporate into your daily diet. It’s easy to turn to unhealthy comfort foods when the temperatures plunge, but increasing our intake of vitamin-rich seasonal produce, like grapefruit, kale, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts, adds an immune-boosting punch to your diet, as well as mood-boosting properties. Also, balancing your intake of healthy carbs and proteins keeps serotonin (the “happy hormone) levels high all winter long.
Use this list to find winter fruits and veggies to add to your diet.