Gal’s guide: how to beat the winter blues

A few too many warm bowls full of carbs and eating dinner on the couch, under blankets has had me feeling pretty lethargic. My seasonal depression has been creeping in, but here’s how I battle those winter blues.

how to beat the winter blues

Brighten up your space with a new print. Gray Malin’s colorful perspective captures summer from the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Prints are a bit pricey, so check out etsy for some more affordable options, this way you can make a whole feel-good gallery wall.

This cool mist diffuser has become a staple in my house. I started with using one in the bedroom while sleeping, then added one to our living room and now I’m trying to figure out how to get one approved for my office. Picking out essential oils depending on what I am in the mood for has also turned me into a mixologist of sorts (ha!).

Jennifer Sowle of Saratoga Aromatherapy suggests her Relax Blend, a truly uplifting and mood enhancing blend of bergamot, Ylang Lang, rosewood and lemon. Reach out to Jennifer for a personalized complimentary consultation and recommendation, she’s amazing and totally got me during our consult, she knew things about me – without me even telling her first! Spend $50 and receive $10 off your order with code “winterblues10”.

My new Sunday night ritual includes a ginger detox bath. I’m not a huge fan of baths (something about sitting in a tub doesn’t scream “clean” to me) but this is different. You’re doing this to sweat out toxins and refresh, and then you’ll need to shower after to get clean.

Ginger Detox Bath

  • 1/2 cup freshly ground ginger
  • 1 cup epsom salt (I really love Dr. Teals, and recommend the Relax & Relief version with eucalyptus)
  1. Stir the mix into the tub, with the warmest water you can stand

2. Grab your fave book or magazine and chill out for 20 mins while you relax

A few things to keep in mind before you try this: you should test ginger on your skin before you hop into the tub. You’ll sweat in the bath and after you get out for about an hour, give yourself some time to release the toxins and wear something you don’t mind sweating in. Make sure you drink plenty of water post-bath to stay hydrated.

Grab your girlfriends and do a think-spring activity, a floral arrangement class with Table & Tulip in the south end is the perfect two hour escape. Classes range from succulents and terrariums to “not your grandma’s flower class”. Check out their current schedule here.

  1. Gray Malin Bondi Beach Print – $299

2. The Essential Wellness Cool Mist Diffuser – $39 (From $59) PLUS extra 20% off with code “20PRETTY”

3. Dr. Teals Epsom Salt in Relax and Relief – $4.89

4. Table & Tulip Floral Arrangement Class – $60 (now on Gilt City Boston!)