This week’s featured Innerform™ article comes from content contributor and dance instructor Esther Frances. Esther is a professional ballroom and Latin dance competitor, instructor and choreographer at Arthur Murray Broadway NYC. Read on to learn how this Miami native escapes seasonal depression during east coast winters (hint: it doesn’t involve Netflix).
How to Cure the Winter Blues
It’s cold outside… too cold. Growing up in Miami, I was surrounded by beaches, palm trees, wild parrots and flowers all year long. I remember moving up to New York and being so excited to finally be able to wear winter clothing. I imagined myself wearing stiletto boots and beautiful hats everywhere during the winter months.
However, I quickly learned that this is not the way winter works in the North East. Winter here is mostly about getting from one heated location to another without being frozen in between. With all this being said, it can be so easy to come down with a case of the “winter blues.”
There are so many great things about living in New York City no matter what the weather is like. It’s so important to find what makes us happy in any season of the year. I’ve found that in the winter, there is usually a lot more indoor time. One of the worst things we can do is to get into the habit of running home after work and sitting on the couch under a blanket. Everyone needs a Netflix night here and there, but staying active is so important!
Winter time brings fun outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, skating and many other things. Growing up in the South, I didn’t have much access to these activities but everything here is so close. For example, it’s simple to take three days and escape to an entirely different world up in the Catskills. It’s gorgeous up there!
Try Something New
For those of us that are not the outdoorsy type, there’s even more to do. Take the time to try something new. Take a spin class, pick up knitting or try out dancing! New York City is one of the best cities for dance classes in the world. You can take anything from a vogue class to a Viennese waltz class. Right now at my studio we are prepping to go to the 63rd annual Viennese Opera Ball on February 2nd.
My favorite things about the Viennese waltz is that it’s one of the most elegant events in New York City and it attracts a very diverse group of people to come in and learn something new together. I had the opportunity to attend one of these in Vienna at it was honestly one of the top experiences of my adult life. It’s wonderful to see all cultures and types of people together in one room just Viennese waltzing without judgement. This year, they are raising funds for the music therapy program at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with support from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, so on top of having an amazing evening, it’s for a great cause.
There are tons of events like this all over this big, beautiful, wonderful city, so get motivated and get out there! Learn to knit or take some Viennese waltz classes. There are tons of new things to do and new people to meet. Isn’t that why we all live here?