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How to Not Hate Your Life in January and February

By By: Devon Porrino
1/20/2013 3:04:33 PM

Photo by Sonja Foos

One of the most traditionally depressing days of the year is coming up: Blue Monday, the fourth Monday of January, when there isn't a holiday or celebration in sight for months. Just dreary, lifeless January and February. Before you give into the doldrums there are a few things that can make these winter months a little brighter. Whether it's faking a tan or finding an excuse to wear your Snuggie 24/7, we applaud you for finding a bright side to a dull situation. And because we know this isn't an easy task, we're willing to share some of our ideas on how to survive the winter months with a smile on your face.

Try hot yoga.

Everyone knows endorphins can do wonders in beating the blues but who wants to trudge to the gym in the cold where you'll have to fight for a machine with all the freshly motivated (read clueless) folk? Instead of hitting the gym, try a yoga or exercise class. If you're in desperate need of warmth, hot yoga feels like a mini tropical vacation-one in which you emerge sweaty and toned, instead of sun burnt and bloated from too many margaritas.

Plan a vacation.

Now is the perfect time to plan a tropical trip, especially since you have nothing else to truly look forward to for the next two months (you'll have to forgive my winter blues). There's no better way to break up long work weeks, than by spending a few minutes here and there planning an adventure. Plus, your new-found vacation goal will force you to put money aside instead of spending it on your frivolous things. Piña Coladas await.

Go shopping with your gift cards.

Hopefully you still have Christmas gift cards to spend. A little retail therapy can go a long way.Think of it as Christmas, round two.

Makeover your office cubicle.

It may be the New Year, but you're probably doing the same old work. We don't all have the luxury of leaving our old jobs and finding a new one, but let's just play pretend. Spice up your life in the office by re-decorating your office cubicle and it'll feel like you were promoted.

Say "no" to New Year's resolutions and justify doing so by believing, at Least for now, that the world is going to end in a few months.

According to the Mayan prophecy, we'll all be toast in a few months as it is, so why not eat that donut, drink that beer, and lounge around the house instead of working out? It's an added bonus if you gain weight; we'll need it when the sun burns out and we're freezing to death. If somehow, Earth continues to spin come May, you can celebrate by getting outside and moving-in time for actual bathing-suit season.

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