Beat the Winter Blues – An A-Z Guide

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Beat Winter BluesIt’s winter.

One of the best times of year – snowmen, hot cocoa, mountain retreats.

Overflowing with mountains and cheeses made for melting, Switzerland is the ultimate winter wonderland!

Despite all this, we know it’s cold…we know it’s gray, but please oh please do not dismay. Zuri Girl has created an A to Z guide to beat the inevitable winter blues. Go ahead – give them a try. You will not be able to resist smiling!


A…Activate a Gym Membership or Healthy Living Program

B…Bargain shop for vintage goodies. Vintage is a fairly universal term, but also look for shops marked “Brocki” which isn’t always vintage, but always second-hand.

C…Capture your life on Cameo, one of our new favorite Apps for making mini movies of friends, family and daily life.

D…Dive into a good book. Join your local library – it’s franc savvy free.

E…Entertain yourself and book in at the next International Comedy Club performance in your city. They host hilarious comedy shows in Geneva, Lausanne, Basel and Zürich.

F…Forget its winter. Head to the indoor water park, Alpamare in Pfäffikon.

G…Gather friends for a Swiss wine & cheese themed party at your house. Steinfels La Maison du Vin offers Girlfriend Guide readers a 10% discount and free delivery on 6+ more bottles.

H…Help a stranger. We love helping ‘Room to Read’. Find a local charity near you and lend a hand.

I…Invest in your wardrobe. Color Analysts, Wardrobe Consultants and Personal Shoppers are a valuable treat or simply buy a brightly colored scarf to wear on gray days. We love Rowena the Personal Shopper.

J…Jump rope for 5 minutes. It’s harder than you think! Don’t have a jump rope? Pretend and giggle while you work out.

K…Kick start a new hobby or business venture. No better time to get started than right now.

L…Laughing yoga. Try it. It works wonders. Can’t find a class near you? Just have a look on the Internet for sample videos and your will be sure to giggle in no time.

M…Make someone’s day. Surprise a friend with a special gift. Leave a flower in their mailbox, drop chocolates on their doorstep or watch their kids so they can enjoy a little “me time”.

N…Nourish your body. Visit a nearby Spa or venture outside Zurich to one of our favorite Hammams, like the Spa Oktogon Bern or Aquabasilina Hammam near Basel.

O…Open your mind. Hop on a tram you don’t ride regularly and explore a new neighborhood from the comfort of a warm ride.

P…Plan your spring break getaway. TUI, KUONI, Helvetia and offer fun packages.

Q…Quit that bad habit you’ve been wanting to push aside. Enough’s enough – just stop already.

R…Run with a friend or make new friends by joining a running group.  Step it up a notch and find a language-learning partner to run with. Marathon Sprachen in Zurich offers “Language on the Run” – they run with you AND practice German or your language of choice with you!

S…Start the morning with a healthy breakfast. Try a new recipe every day this week.  We’re inspired by Basel-based Health Coach, Vanessa Gatelein, from “Food Changes Everything”, and her Breakfast Challenge.

T…Treat yourself to a decadent hot chocolate at home. Forget the powder – melt some real dark Swiss chocolate with almond milk and cinnamon.

U…Update your goals. Set milestones for each month and an action plan.

V…Venture to a part of Switzerland you have never been to. Book a cheese, farm or wine tour. We love the Sweet Zürich Tour by, My Kugelhopf.

W…Workout to 80’s music. Gather friends, dress up like Jane Fonda and sweat to the beat.

X…Organize a coffee date laugh with girlfriends while trying to come up with words that begin with the letter ‘X’! Check Zuri Girl’s favorite cafe’s for ideas on where to meet.

Y…Because we said so. It will help you beat the winter blues. 😉

Z…Zero in on 5 things from this list you promise to do this month.

Enjoy Winter – it only comes once a year!


A version of this article appeared in the national magazine, Hello Switzerland in 2016. Register for a free subscription.