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22 Ways To Beat Your January Blues In San Francisco
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22 Ways To Beat Your January Blues In San Francisco

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Updated: 18 December 2018
The January Blues are defined as, ‘the funk that you enter when the holiday season is over.’ After celebrating holiday after holiday from Halloween to New Years, the rest of January just seems cold and boring. Rather than letting January get the best of you, try these 22 tips to make the most of winter.
Go for a hike | © Paul Churcher/Flickr
Go for a hike | © Paul Churcher/Flickr

Get Out In The Sunshine

Soak up some Vitamin D by taking a hike in one of the beautiful natural areas scattered around the Bay Area. Don’t know where to start? Check out top trails in San Francisco, Mount Tamalpais, and Marin County.

Sign Up For An Endurance Race

Rather than hitting the gym with thousands of other ‘Resolutionists,’ sign up for one of the many endurance races in the Bay Area. For January, check out the Marina Green 5K or the Baker Beach 5K. Both are being put on by the Dolphin South End Runners and cost an astoundingly cheap $5 per runner.

Volunteer With A Cause You’re Passionate About

No other activity will give you those feel good vibes like volunteering. From fostering cats and dogs at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation to feeding the hungry with Curry Without Worry, find a cause you’re passionate about and volunteer.

Laugh Away Your Blues At Sketchfest

Running from January 7-24, this year’s Sketchfest features over 100 different comedians and performances for viewers of all ages. These hilarious performances are sure to help you laugh off those January Blues.

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Take your dog out | © mtch3l/Flickr

Let A Day Go To The Dogs

Take your mind off your blues by devoting an entire day to your furry best friend. From taking your dog on an epic hike through the woods to dining al fresco at his favorite restaurant, there are plenty of dog-friendly activities in the Bay Area.

Try Something New

From SoulCycle’s addictive spin classes to a pottery class at your local community center, trying something new is a great way to challenge yourself and discover new passions in 2016.

Change your hairstyle | © Beth/Flickr
Change your hairstyle | © Beth/Flickr

Get A Haircut

Whether you’re interested in a totally new do or just a little off the ends, a new haircut can change your mood and help you kick off the new year in style.

Plan An Epic Vacation

Whether it’s planning a weekend getaway to somewhere right out of the city or an exotic adventure abroad, taking a vacation can get you out of your winter funk.

Immerse yourself in a book | © Brittany Stevens/Flickr
Immerse yourself in a book | © Brittany Stevens/Flickr

Put Down Your Phone And Read A Book

Rather than wasting your time on your phone, dive into a new book to wash away your January Blues. Start by checking out The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2015.

Give Yourself A Present

After a holiday season filled with giving, feel free to give yourself a gift this January. From that (possibly explosive) hoverboard you’ve been eyeing for months to a well-deserved massage, use this month to splurge a little on yourself.

Head To The Mountains

With winter rains on their way, the mountains of Northern California are sure to be overflowing with fresh powder. So grab your board and head to one of California’s great resorts like Northstar or Squaw Valley.

Stock Up At A Local Farmer’s Market

Unlike many other states, California offers many farmer’s markets year-round. After feasting on sugar cookies, peppermint bark, and pumpkin pie for the holiday season, be sure to up your veggie intake by visiting a local farmer’s market. Check out The California Farmers’ Markets Association’s great new website for up-to-date times, dates, and locations for markets all over the state.

Build a bonfire| © Michael Saechang/Flickr
Build a bonfire | © Michael Saechang/Flickr

Plan A Beach Bonfire

Visiting one of the Bay Area’s beaches is a great way to forget that it’s still winter. Although fire safety laws are strict at many local beaches, try lighting a fire in one of Ocean Beach’s existing fire rings after dark and sit back and check out the stars above you.

Go To A Warriors Game

With the 2015 NBA Championship Title and the best season start in NBA history, the Golden State Warriors are the team watch this year. High demand has skyrocketed ticket prices, so if you’re not able to get tickets, be sure to head to your local sports bar to get in on the action.

Get More Sleep

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier, start by making sure you’re getting your Zzz’s. In order to get higher quality sleep, consider ditching your phone and meditating before bed.

Start Spring Cleaning Early

Clean up your life and prepare for 2016 by starting spring cleaning early. This will help you get organized and can also put some cash in your wallet by selling your unnecessary belongings on eBay, CraigsList, Poshmark, and Amazon Seller.

Do what you want on New Year's Eve | © Matt Biddulph/Flickr
Do what you want on New Year’s Eve | © Matt Biddulph/Flickr

Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Your Own Way

There is a lot of pressure to ring in the new year by drinking champagne under glistening lights at a glamorous party. From watching the fireworks in San Francisco after a night of clubbing to watching the ball drop in New York City from your couch, make yourself happy by celebrating in your own way.

Check Out San Francisco’s Biggest Film Festival

The Annual Noir City Film Festival will be returning to the Castro Theatre from January 22-31. This year, the festival is presenting 25 classic and dramatic black-and-white films, including Gerd Oswald’s Crime of Passion, Nicholas Ray’s Born to Be Bad, and Harold Buchman’s The Sleeping Tiger. Tickets are available online and offer double-feature tickets for $12 as well as tickets for the entire festival for $120.

Clean out your fridge | © Michelle Tribe/Flickr
Clean out your fridge | © Michelle Tribe/Flickr

Clean Out Your Fridge

Cleaning out your fridge will not only help you get rid of all the holiday leftovers that have been piling up these last weeks but also will help you find that rotting box of Chinese food that has been in there since October.

Ice Skate On Union Square’s Rink

Union Square’s annual holiday ice-skating rink is officially closing on January 18th, so don’t miss your last chance to skate until next December.

Do some yoga | © Taro Taylor/Flickr
Do some yoga | © Taro Taylor/Flickr

Get Your Zen On At Yoga Journal’s Annual Festival

The popular source for the yoga lifestyle, Yoga Journal, is offering tickets to their yoga celebration festival, Yoga Journal LIVE!, from January 15-18. With workshops and classes for all levels, this event is guaranteed to relax your mind and help you find inner peace.

Plan The Ultimate Super Bowl Party

With the Super Bowl 50 coming to the San Francisco Bay Area this year, it’s time to plan the ultimate Super Bowl party. Although the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders aren’t likely to make it to the Super Bowl this year, it’s still an opportunity to have a great time.