The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow! (Probably Not)

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All of this gloom for the past two weeks has really gotten to me lately. I don’t want to do anything, and I’ve been wearing my robe like its a uniform lately. And trust me, this robe ain’t glamourous, honey. I’m sure my recent bout of flu didn’t help either. But what is a gal to do?

Well, I have been trying to think of precisely that, my dears. I have been doing some things lately that have made me at least smile a bit and feel more like a homo sapien again, which is always nice 🙂

So, being the lovely lass that I am, I have decided to conjure up a list of helpful activities and non-activities to help brighten your mood and your spirit. Some vintage/rockabilly related, others besides. But all great for their intended purpose!

1. Plan a day with friends – I know it may be hard to feel motivated to get out of bed and head out of the house for anything, but trust me, you will have just as good of a time hanging out with them as you do in the summer – maybe even more! Laughing and having fun has been proven to produce endorphins, and make you feel happy! And I am sure your friends could use that same boost as well. Do all of yourselves a favour!

2. Wear bright colours at least somewhere – I know some of you ladies tend to follow that old fashion rule of darker, more subdued colours in fall/winter and more brights in the spring/summer. But don’t you feel ever so much more peppy and fun in a nice bright red or sunshine yellow? Why not do that now, when we need it most? If you’re still a little put off, then wear some bright nail polish, bright leggings, bright lipstick, whatever – it will make you stand out and seem way more happy than all those other depressing people wearing black and grey and blahhhh.

3. Start your spring and summer wardrobe shopping now – Get ahead of the game on your spring and summer wardrobe before anyone else does. You will already feel like the sun is getting warmer and the leaves are sprouting on the trees! You will have something to look forward to and oogle and gush over what to wear in the warmer weather. Plus, you will probably get most of these items cheaper since it is considered “off season” – yet another plus!

4. Go for a walk – I know, I know, it is cold. But hear me out. Go for a walk when it is sunny out – get some fresh air, enjoy nature despite it’s “down time”, and get your vitamin D! Vitamin D from the sun is vital to keeping the chemicals in your brain being balanced on the happy side, and all you need is at least 15 minutes! I go for walks with my dog and even though it may be pretty darned cold, it’s always nice to get some fresh air and sun on your skin, no matter what the temperature may be.

5. Watch some classic movies that have a happy vibe – There are quite a few movies from Old Hollywood that are just silly and fun. I like to watch them just to cheer me up. Some good ones that I like are I Was A Male War Bride with the ever debonaire Cary Grant, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Monkey Business with Marilyn Monroe. The Thin Man movies are rather funny in their quips and are more light hearted despite the murder premise. Rita Hayworth’s Cover Girl is great, and Gene Kelly’s Singin’ In The Rain always puts a smile on my face. There are a ton of great classic movies out there to make you come out with a little more pep in your step!

6. Treat yourself to some luxury – Take a nice long bath. Go get a massage. Have a manicure or pedicure. Sometimes, us girls need to treat ourselves to these things to relax and destress and just make ourselves feel like we are in a happier place. Surely the winter blues can’t take the joy out of a good massage! Ohh, to have a massage right now…

7. Read! – I highly agree with ReeRee Rockette’s finger tattoos that say “read more” – everyone should! I am currently reading an excellent book entitled Over Here! New York City During WWII by Lorraine Diehl and it just makes me happy in that I am learning some very interesting and cool things that I never would have learned otherwise. And with this being my hometown especially, that makes the book even more fun to read! So go to Amazon, go to Barnes & Noble, or go to the library and find yourself a book you will thoroughly enjoy and get lost in. The right book is like a sedative for the soul!

8. Glam up – You know what always makes me feel good? Having some kick ass makeup on and my hair looking fabulous. I seriously have an extra pop in my step because I just feel better than usual. “But what if I don’t really have any place to go?” you may ask. My answer? Who cares! Find that time as a wonderful opportunity to practice on your vintage hairstyling, eye shadow applications, and getting that cat’s eye liner flick just right. Practice makes for a better look later on, and it sure is fun no matter what.

I hope these tips help all of you out there who feel like…well…crap during these total downer winter months. Is there anything else that any of you do that helps to take the funk away?

4 comments on “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow! (Probably Not)

  1. I love winter, I really do, but that “ok, time for greener pastures” feeling is starting to kick in on my end these days, too. I love your upbeat list of ways to help chase away the doldrums of January and have been doing some of them (like wearing splashy hues and thinking about my spring/summer wardrobe) recently, too.

    Here’s to the hope that spring arrives extra early on your end this year!

    ♥ Jessica

    • Oh man, I really hope so. We are forecast to have 1-3 inches of snow here, and I am NOT looking forward to it. I just want to stand outside with a bunch of hair dryers and melt it all as it falls LOL. And my least favourite month of the year is approaching – February. UGH 😦 Spring, get here, and get here pronto! Heheh.

  2. Hi! I’ve been quietly following you for some time but never made a comment until now. I’m in NYC as well and this weather is for the birds — one week warm, the next week tundra! UGH! I love your suggestions! I would like to add one more, if you don’t mind: get yourself one of those Verilux “HappyLights.” Yes, I’m absolutely 100% serious. They are on sale (50% off) at Joann’s and let me tell you, AWESOME! I have a severe case of SADs and have always wondered if those darned lights really work. They’ve always been so expensive so I never bought one. Happy day, they are on sale! I’ve been sitting in front of mine for an hour a day in the morning, for a week and I am feeling 100% happier and more energetic. I can’t believe that it actually works!

    The other thing that has been helping me is hot foods or curries, particularly Indian or Thai curries. The heat triggers the happy juice in your body and the colors of the curries are absolutely gorgeous! Indian food always makes me happy … maybe because the restaurants are always so colorful and beautifully decorated and the food is yummy, hot and gorgeous? Whatever works, right?

    I hope you feel better, darling! Only a few more weeks of this weather and then spring flowers! 🙂

    • Oh those lamps/bulbs are fabulous! My Mom used to have one in the house where we grew up, as she has depression, and it helps a lot of people I know too. Definitely a good tip, my dear!

      Eating warm foods is always awesome on those grey winter days when it feels like it is going to snow and you can curl up under your blankets in your jammies and watch old movies. One of the best ways to rest and recharge, I say 🙂

      Thank you for reading my blog! I appreciate every one of my readers 🙂

      -Holly

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