As we trudge through the cold and bleak days of February, it can feel like winter is far from over. The holidays have come and gone, and everyone has packed away seasonal decorations. Rooms that were once glistening with lights and filled with the scent of pine seem empty. While we return to our pre-holiday routine, our energy can seem out of sync with the thrill and excitement of the new year. If you’re looking for solutions to battle the winter blues, settle in with your hot cocoa and try these suggestions to reignite that carefree attitude of sweet summertime.

Friendly Fun
Bundle up, gather your gal pals, and hit the town. Winter offers a number of fun activities that get your heart pumping and your lungs filled with fresh air. Ice skating is a fun aerobic workout and can help to train total body proprioception, which could mean better balance off the ice! If you have an adventurous crew, book a ski trip and enjoy relaxation time in the mountains. Bonus- you can also get the mood-boosting benefit of connecting with friends who may be feeling down and out about the dark winter months.

Mind Body Connection
Holidays can be stressful for a variety of reasons. It may take time to re-establish your mind body balance. Kickstart the new season by attending gentle yoga class. Concerned about beginning a new activity? Have no fear! Many fitness centers and yoga studios offer free trial memberships or classes in the new year so you can find a class that best supports your needs.

Just as the summer sun can cause skin damage, the biting cold air of February can dry out the skin of your face, neck, and hands. Give your skin a little extra love by applying a moisturizer cream with SPF. Schedule treatments like Hydrafacials to exfoliate your skin and reveal glowing, healthy skin!

Consider these strategies as you kick off February – the month of chances and one month closer to spring!

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