6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter may get off to a warm start this year, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be cold days that seem to drag on forever. You can beat these winter blues with a few simple lifestyle changes.

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  1. Vitamin D and Light Therapy

The sun isn’t just our source of light and warmth on Earth, it also stabilizes your mood and boosts overall health. Drinking milk, eating fatty fish, and taking supplements are easy ways to reverse the winter blues.

  1. Stay Active

Even if you’ve already forgotten about your New Year’s resolution to get in the gym, don’t worry. Scientists say that physical activity is good for both your body and mind, helping you release stress-busting endorphins that will help you relax this winter.

  1. Charity

Volunteering is a great way for those who feel blue to break out of their slump and get involved in their community. Scientists suggest that socializing out of the house is a key component to beating depression and catching the holiday spirit.

  1. Stick to a Schedule

There’s no need to change your routine just because snow is on the ground. If you’ve been exercising all year outdoors, then keep doing it—even if you need to wear multiple layers of clothes now.

  1. Do Things You Enjoy

Some activities like gardening may seem seasonal, but they are a significant source of joy and happiness, even if you don’t realize it while you’re doing it. If you’re a devoted gardener, try some indoor planting.

  1. Stay Cozy

Stop trying to avoid winter. Continually thinking about how much you don’t like the season will make it more likely that you’ll feel sad as the season wears on. Light some candles, invite some friends over and make cocoa instead.

Learning to embrace winter rather than hide from it is the best way to alleviate the winter blues. Finding activities you enjoy and good people to enjoy them with will make the cold season go by much quicker.

Love Where You Live: What Makes Boulder Special During the Holidays?

Boulder isn’t just a college town. During the holidays, the town turns into an event hub featuring live music, sports, food & drink, and annual festivals guaranteed to entertain the young and old.  Here is a brief list of things to do in and around Boulder this holiday season.

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Turkey Shoot (November 19th)

Not ready for Thanksgiving yet? Ages 6 to adult can bag a holiday turkey during this free-throw shooting contest at the Bob L. Burger Recreational Center. Turkeys will be awarded to the best shooters in both male and female age groups. We promise no turkeys will be harmed at the event.

Longmont’s Tree Lighting (November 25th)

Kick off the season with theatre and musical performances, special appearances by Santa and friends, and join in the annual tree lighting ceremony. At the corner of 6th Ave and Main Street in downtown Longmont.

Louisville Parade of Lights (December 2nd)

This annual festival is held in conjunction with the monthly art walk in downtown Louisville. There will also be caroling, visits with Santa, and other holiday-themed activities. Event starts with the art walk from 4-6:30, the parade commences soon after.

Erie County Christmas Parade of Lights (December 2nd)

This annual event includes holiday lessons from Santa’s workshop, caroling, complimentary s’mores, a living nativity scene, hayrides, and a parade. Festivities start at 5pm in downtown Erie.

Home for the Holidays (December 3rd, Lafayette)

Lafayette’s annual family event features visits from Santa, hot cocoa, holiday cookies, and live reindeer at Festival Plaza. There is caroling and tree lighting at dusk, along with a sing-a-long and potluck dinner.

Whether you’re with the entire family, or just the one you love, these events are sure to bring holiday cheer to everyone who attends. In true Boulder fashion, attendees are encouraged to come hungry and prepare to be sent home happy.

Feeling Cooped Up? Winter in Boulder

It’s cold outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Colorado is a great state to be in during the winter months. If you feel like you’re suffering from cabin fever, take a peek at this list of fun winter activities.

Skiing/Snowboarding
Colorado is known for its world-class ski resorts, so of course this would be on the top of our list. Whether you want to head 20 miles up the road to Eldora or take a 2 hour drive up to Vail, you can easily spend an entire weekend on the slopes!

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“If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” If you’re a big fan of hikes in the summer then grab some snowshoes because the trails are just as beautiful during the winter months.

Sleigh rides
If you’re looking for something fun and relaxing to do, check out sleigh rides. Whether you’re looking for a horse drawn ride or a dog sled adventure, ranches all over the mountains have rides for you.

Ice skating
Oh ice skating, such a winter classic. In Colorado, you have the choice of skating indoor or outdoors. The great thing about ice skating is that you don’t have to go far to find a rink.

Snowtubing (Sledding)
Did you stock up on tubes over the summer to go down rivers and streams? Well, pull those tubes out of the garage and head to the hills. Snowtubing is a great way to spend the afternoon with the family. It will also wear out the kids.

Did we miss anything? Tell us what you love to do during the winter on our Facebook page.