Top 10 Ways to Come Out of Winter Hibernation

By Ashley Houk,

While the winter hasn't been very winter-like for a majority of us, it has had its moments. As the weather decides to be persistently warmer and the sun is showing us a little more of its sunny, funny face, it's time for you to get prepared for the spring and summer that are to follow.

1. Exercise!
If this isn't part of your usual routine, try incorporating it as the weather warms up. It's a good excuse to go outside. Even if you're just walking downtown, or around the block, it's better than nothing. A little bit of exercise can go a long way when you're trying to get beach ready body. Not to mention it will boost your mood.

2. Spring Clean
The best part of winter being over is the change it inherently brings about. Open up the windows to let all the fresh air in, turn on your favorite tunes, and get to cleaning! Not only will you keep yourself busy and get the house clean, you'll ultimately get to find some long-lost possessions and get rid of some that you no longer need. This process lets you start the new season fresh.

3. Revamp Your Wardrobe
If you want, you could include this in your spring cleaning frenzy. Reorganize your closet(s) to bring all the spring/summer friendly items to the front for easy access. Don't forget to include the shoes! Or, make a day of shopping for new dresses, skirts, sandals, or whatever it is you think you need for the adventures you're bound to have.

4. Save Money
By opening the windows, energy costs will be cut. If you downsize your wardrobe, try selling them to thrift stores that buy/sell/trade instead of simply donating them. By taking a few small steps, you can start saving money for those adventures, summer clothes, or anything you can think of.

5. Pamper Yourself
Treat yourself to a little TLC. After all, you deserve it after being cooped up indoors the last few months. Get a manicure, pedicure, or both! Now, not only will your space and mind be ready for summer, so will your body. Imagine lounging beach-side, in the perfect swimsuit, whit your bright summer toes in the sand. Relaxation!

6. Skin Care
If you look anything like I do (i.e. ghostly pale), getting out of a winter funk includes something of a tanning regime. Now, you don't necessarily need to spend oodles of money on a tanning package with lotion and all that mumbo-jumbo. After all, you're trying to save that money for fun things! But, if you want a little extra hint of color, stop by the drugstore and pick up some self-tanning lotion.

7. Hair
Winter is a time of hats and scarves. Our hair is usually covered, so we just keep the same old style through those months. Also, winter is often dry and damaging to your hair. Start with some deep conditioning to get your locks back into shape. Then if you're feeling bold, try a new color or style. It is just hair after all, and no change you make will be permanent.

8. Make a To-Do List
And not the boring kind we're all used to on a daily basis. You know, the ones with everything we need to get done today or this week; the ones that rule our lives so that we're on schedule and under control. Instead make a list of things you'd like to do this summer. You may not accomplish them all, but there's always next year. Try thinking of things you've never done...be it camping, taking a road trip, or traveling to a foreign country. They possibilties are endless and fun is sure to follow.

9. Bust Out the Fun Music
Summer has a different feel than winter, so the music does too. Break out all your favorite CDs, new and old. If something makes you happy, reminds you of summers past, or just makes you want dance...listen to it non-stop. Aside from being fun, according to PsyBlog music can help to control and improve mood.

10. Eat In Season
Not only is it healthy and will help getting to that beach ready body. It's usually a little cheaper. Fresh fruits and veggies, that are in season, are easier for stores to come by, and therefore purchase. Keeping your pocketbook and tummy full at the same time. If you're feeling a little more ambitious, try eating season by starting your own small garden of fruits, veggies, or spices. It will not only provide easy access, but a sense of accomplishment as you're able to be a little more self-sustainable.



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