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Beating the Winter Blues

Feb 12, 2014 08:22PM

The new year began with promises we made to improve ourselves and our surroundings, yet the cold dreariness and shortened winter days can often lessen motivation and diminish our drive. Here are some ideas for beating these winter blues while also showing support for local businesses; it’s a win-win for everyone.

Spring cleaning—or in this case, winter cleaning—is a great way to feel more energized, organized and productive at home. Squeaky Green is a 100 percent eco-friendly cleaning and organizing service in Indy that assists in getting homes shipshape. It uses handmade products made from certified-organic Castile Soap, a true soap and not a chemical detergent, so it is completely bio-degradable and Earth-friendly.

Once the home space is neat and tidy, consider easing stress and tension with a massage—better yet, add some retail therapy. Heal Thyself and Co., in Broad Ripple, helps clients live more pain-free and gain a greater sense of health and well-being by utilizing a variety of holistic massage methods. Owners Barb Humphrey and Carol Heubach also recently added Soulful Home to their collection of services, which helps clients achieve a more idyllic home with rescued and rehabilitated pieces infused with soul; offering a modern, lighthearted approach on one-of-a-kind chairs, tables, decorative arts and more. So, go for the massage and leave with a piece of soul to update and add freshness at home.

Rev up the winter with a visit to a Tom Wood automotive dealership. A great way to fight climate change and future polar vortexes would be considering purchasing an environmentally friendly car. Tom Wood offers some of the greenest cars on the market, including the all-electric Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus and Think City, as well as the Natural Gas Honda Civic named 2012 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. They also take part in an extensive recycling program at all branches and harvest used oil from oil changes to heat their dealerships. Don’t forget to bring recyclable aluminum cans to support children with cancer. All proceeds from the collection program are donated to Tatum’s Bags of Fun.

For more information: Squeaky Green, LLC, 317-840-7757, email [email protected] or visit BeSqueakyGreen.com. See ad on page 13. Heal Thyself and Soulful Home, 6220 Broadway St., Indianapolis, 317-253-8361, visit HealThyselfandCo.com. For more information, including all locations: Tom Wood Automotive Group, visit TomWood.com. See ads on pages 2 and 32.
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