Fighting the Winter Blues

Winter is by far my least favorite thing in the entire world. I HATE, HATE, HATE cold weather. In Blacksburg, the miserably cold temperatures coupled with the fact that we can go weeks without seeing the sun is enough to make the winter blues creep in. If you’re facing the same struggle, keep reading, because I am sharing my top 5 tips to help you fight the winter blues.


How gorgeous is this sunset? This picture was taken right out of my apartment window. 

1) Get dressed up for no reason 

There is just something about getting dressed up and doing my hair and makeup that makes me feel revived. (Who’s with me on this one???) The vast majority of the time, the culprit of my winter blues is me getting down on myself about little things. Getting fancy and going to a nice dinner is a great way to get your self-esteem back in check. If you don’t have time to get dressed up, even wearing nicer pajamas to bed has an impact on how you feel the next morning.

2) Go on an adventure 


Go on an adventure, take a hike, drive south, do whatever it takes just to get your mind off of things! All I wanted last weekend was to escape the dreary, overcast weather and just drive. Matt was my GPS and directed me to downtown Roanoke where we spent the day exploring the Taubman Museum of Art and Hotel Roanoke.

3) Lather on the self-tanner

Just like number one, I’m not entirely sure why this works, but it does! Looking tan just has a way of instantly increasing my mood. I’ve never gotten a spray tan before, but I always have a bottle of the Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer in my shower at all times. For my face, I love the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads. (You can read my post on the Alpha Beta Glow Pad here)

4) Get those vitamins 

Sometimes your body just needs a little extra kick to get you back on track. I love Olly vitamins. Every morning I take an Olly Purely Probiotic and Vitamin D supplement. I started this vitamin regimen during my freshman year of college, and I have used it ever since. If you’re heading off to college next fall, definitely give your vitamins some thought! You wouldn’t believe how quickly illness spreads when you live in a dorm.

5) Workout 


Get active and release some endorphins. Yoga and pilates are my go-to workouts because no matter how upset/sad/stressed I am entering the room, I leave with a clear head and a new attitude. I even tried aerial yoga for the first time back in December!

Remember my Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness post from last year? Well, Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness 2.0 is in the works! 

How do you fight the winter blues? Comment down below!

8 thoughts

  1. Love these points. I get the winter blues every year and unless I think about how to deal with it ahead of time, it’s harder to push through! Being able to add these to my list of tricks will surely help, however. Thanks for the awesome recommendations. #teamelle

    1. I’m the exact same way. Agreed, it is a total game changer! A little bit of makeup does wonders for my self-esteem when I’m having a bad day.

  2. Winter Blues are the worst!! I definitely find that adventuring and discovering new parts of my city help me to feel rejuvenated, but the ultimate cure is Spring!

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