Is it me, or is this winter weather crazy this year? 

In NYC we've had one of the warmest winters that I can remember, which definitely uplifted everyone and in some cases was just what the doctor ordered. However, when I talk to my friends out in LA they say they've had one of the gloomiest and rainiest winters that they can remember, BUT, they're completely out of their drought (GOOD FOR THEM AND CALIFORNIA!!!). But with winter comes the winter blues, and it seems that no matter where you reside, you can't escape it... On your best day you still can be left feeling a little low and depressed, not even understanding why. Even sunny LA had rain which can totally kill one's vibe... 

Though spring is quickly approaching, we still gotta get through this gloomy, confusing winter. So I came up with a list of things you can do to get your good vibes and feelings back even on a gloomy day that can shift your mood...

 

1. Take advantage of the slow time...

Depending on where you live, snow can shut the city down, and who wants to walk the streets in the bitter cold? Because of that, a lot of us are forced to stay indoors... Which is cool. Take this time to get your house organized, redecorate or rearrange and do whatever it is that you've been putting off... 

2. Call up a friend

One of my favorite things to do is chatting with my friends. Whether its on the phone or FaceTime. What better time to do that than when you really don't have anything else to do, and you need a pick me up! You can almost ALWAYS rely on your friends to help you see the brighter side of things, and if you can't, you need new friends.

 

3. Go to the gym

I once saw a quote on Instagram that said that exercise is one of the most underutilized anti depressants. With the weather being so sucky and gloomy, it can easily send you into a depression. But as easy as it can send you into those feelings, the gym or a quick workout can take you out of it. Remember, summer bodies are built in the winter! Go get your cardio in, it'll be time to hit the beach in no time!

 

4. Listen to some slow jamz

Hey now! When it's raining and cold, what better time to cuddle up with your 'bae' and listen to some slow jamz or neo-soul. Open up your spotify app and turn on some Erykah Badu, Anita Baker, Tyrese, Maxwell, 112 and sit back and relax. If you're like me and don't necessarily have a bae right now, that's okay too... Just zone out and enjoy the alone time.

 

5. Listen to some upbeat music

Now if you really have the winter blues, you have may have to transport yourself somewhere else in your mind, and what better way than with some fun music. Whether it's your 90's, 2000's or current favs, make up a go to playlist to help lift your mood and to dancing like no one's looking! This is the perfect time to do your version of the Diddy Bop... 'Take that, Take that' LOL :-) 

 

6. Read a book

I think people forget that books are amazing! There is NOTHING like curling up on the couch on a gloomy day and peering into one of your favorite books, or even a new book! Fiction, Biography, Self-Help, take your book... You will almost never regret it. 

7. Watch a movie

Whether it's a movie you've never seen before or your favorite. You can never go wrong with a movie and with streaming being so popular, you can almost, always find something to watch.

8. Netflix and chill

Once again... With bae or by yourself. Either way, you're bound to enjoy yourself.

9. Work on personal development

There is NEVER a bad time to work on yourself. Spend some time bettering yourself. You'll instantly feel better about the gloomy winter blues because you'll be working on making a better you.  Make a vision board, go on YouTube and learn how to do something like a new hairstyle or cook a new dish.

10. Be Grateful

Sometimes we are so busy not feeling great about ourselves and the situation were in or the way the day is going, that we forget to be grateful for that we have. Be grateful and happy and thankful that you can spend the gloomy day doing something, because the cemetery is full of people that only WISH they could have another day, sunny, gloomy, whatever! So spend some time just thinking about what you're grateful for and watch those gloomy clouds lift (even if they physically don't).

Hope these ideas on how to get through gloom days help you... 

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