Choose Positivity and Say Goodbye to Those Dreaded Winter Blues
Dec 30, 2017 06:27PM
● By Michelle M. Probola
According to Mental Health America, Seasonal Affective Disorder—coincidentally referred to as SAD—affects roughly 5 percent of the U.S. population yearly. Winter is well underway and we are already feeling the effects of the changing weather patterns and reduced sunlight. To get us out of our serotonin-slump, we’ve gathered 10 surefire ways to kick those winter blues.
Like many other fermented foods, a glass of wine can benefit not only the digestive system, but the soul as well. This winter, take a trip to Mays Landing for a tour of Balić Winery—a vineyard that has created more than 27 award-winning wines without adding any unhealthy sulfites. Visit the gorgeous estate, enjoy free wine tastings, and take a bottle (or two) home for future celebrations.
Cost: Varies. Location: 6623 Harding Hwy., Mays Landing, NJ. For more information, call 609-625-2166 or visit BalicWinery.com.
Camden County Winterfest
Cooper River Park has been transformed for the holiday season into a picturesque winter wonderland, complete with ice skating and holiday treats. Open through Valentine’s Day, Winterfest is an ideal place to beat the winter blues. Sign up for a skate lesson or rent the entire rink for a unique celebration.
Cost: Varies. Location: 5300 N. Park Dr., Pennsauken, NJ. For more information, call 856-404-7138 or visit CamdenCounty.com.
Fermentation enables food to go through a process known as lactofermentation, where natural bacteria feeds on the sugar and starch to create beneficial enzymes, Omega-3 fatty acids, B-vitamins and healthy probiotics. Fermented, a local food and beverage supply shop in South Jersey, sells everything you need to ferment including beer and wine kits, kimchi boxes and cheese-making accessories.
Cost: Varies. Location: 900 Rte. 54, Ste. A-4. Hammonton, NJ. For more information, call 609-666-5274 or visit FermentedNJ.com.
With its numerous health benefits, it’s no wonder the Himalayan Salt Room at Halo Wellness Center is so popular. Salt has been used for centuries for its amazing healing powers. One 45-minute session is said to help ailments such as allergies, asthma, flu and cold symptoms, and uncomfortable winter skin flare-ups from eczema and psoriasis.
Cost: Varies. Location: 968 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ. For more information, call 856-574-4433 or visit ElevateYourHealth.com.
Float therapy is a soothing practice that involves diving into an isolation tank and soaking your entire body in Epsom salt. Appealing to the mind, body, and soul, this holistic process enables your brain to release an onset of dopamine and endorphins, which will accelerate your body’s healing processes.
Cost: Varies. Location: 431 Larchmont Blvd., Mt. Laurel, NJ. For more information, call 856-372-2389 or visit InfinityFloatNJ.com.
Your cracked winter skin will beg you to take a trip to Infuse. A relaxing aroma therapy room is only the beginning of a relaxing experience. Blend a custom scent from more than 75 organic, pure, natural essential oils such as Peppermint Japanese, Lavender French, Neroli and more. Once you love your scent, infuse it into a natural lip balm, shampoo and conditioner, bubble bath and salt scrub.
Cost: Varies. Location: 107 S. Rte. 73, Marlton, NJ. For more information, call 856-452-5511 or visit infusedHere.com
Music soothes the soul! Close out the cold month of January with a visit to the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. Conductor Stilian Kirov will lead talented trumpeter, Caleb Hudson, in a can’t-miss concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Arban’s Carnival of Venice.
Cost: $24-$51. Location: N. 3rd & Pearl sts., Camden, NJ. For more information, visit JerseyArts.com.
An event series started by local shop owners in 2004, Second Saturday’s goal is to showcase the arts in Collingswood. Enjoy live music, boutique shopping, beautiful art and delicious dining in the quaint town. Expose yourself to a night on the town, taking in all that the area has to offer.
Cost: Varies. Location: Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ. For more information, visit Collingswood.com/things_to_do.