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“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.” —Anonymous

Beating the Winter Blues

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t’s back to reality. The holidays are long gone, and we’re trudging along through days that are short and cold. In fact, the outdoor weather is about as inviting as stepping into a freezer, and that’s when the sun isn’t missing in action. We’re in the midst of winter, and with it, the winter blues. It seems as though the winter blues are almost inevitable. They even have an official name, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), due in part to a lack of sunshine-inspired vitamin D. We lack energy. We’re moody and irritable. And we eat and sleep more. But that doesn’t mean that we have to let the winter blues take over the wonderful lifestyle we’ve come to enjoy at the Jersey shore. Here are some of my favorite treats and tactics, perfect for this time of year. Schedule a spa day. What better time to luxuriate in a hot tub than in the middle of winter? This is a wonderful time to try that hot stone massage, soothe that dry skin with essential oils, or slather yourself with seaweed. We have some terrific day spas in south Jersey, and plenty of places within a short drive if you’d prefer a spa weekend. Venture outside for some Vitamin D. It may be cold, but that doesn’t mean you should be stuck inside. Bundle up and get outside in the sunshine whenever it’s feasible. Walk any of our area boardwalks and watch the crash of the winter waves. Visit the parks and bike paths, which are open year-round. Take the kids (or grandkids) ice skating or to the playground. Then warm up afterward with a cup of hot cocoa or your favorite hot toddy. Get creative. Winter is a wonderful time to unleash your inner artist. Reconnect with your love of photography by bringing your camera (or smart phone) along on a nature walk. Document the beautiful Jersey shore in pastels, acrylic, or oil paints. Take a pottery class or dabble in seashore-inspired jewelry making. Craft some music; write some poetry. We’ve got some wonderful art centers and community programs where you can explore your creativity year-round. Use winter as your muse and you’ll be inspired well beyond the season. Travel someplace tropical. Some of us escape the winter by traveling to warm climates, whether in or out of the U.S. It’s a wonderful way to get your burst of summer sunshine during the winter months. Plus, I’ve found that a tropical drink in hand does wonders for one’s morale. Plan your summer vacation. If you can’t get away this winter, do the next best thing. Use this time to research your next vacation. Make it to some place warm, and you’ll bask in the possibilities. Find an indoor waterpark. It may not be the Caribbean, but trust me when I say that spending an afternoon in a humid, fun-filled indoor waterpark will chase away the winter blues. South Jersey has several within a short drive. You don’t even have to have kids to enjoy it, but it’s certainly a plus if you do. Enjoy some real winter fun. Embrace the season by planning a weekend ski or snowboard trip. Have a snowball fight. Take a ride on a snowmobile. Make snow angels. Then relax by a roaring fire. We’re in the perfect geographic location in southern Jersey to enjoy all of this, and more. Get a head start on spring. A bouquet of flowers or a beautiful plant can add the perfect hint of spring inside your home. Get seed and grow your own herbs on your kitchen counter. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider adding some bright spring colors to your home décor. Remember to open your blinds and let the sun shine in! As for me, I’ll be doing what I enjoy most during the winter season — spending time with my children, my family, and my dear friends. Unlike the hectic pace of summer at the Jersey shore, the winter brings its own beauty because of the opportunity to reconnect. May you too be able to make this winter a memorable one. I hope you enjoy this issue of NJ Lifestyle at the spa, on your tropical or ski vacation, or wherever this blustery season may take you.

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