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5 Apps to Help Get You Through the Winter Blues

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on January 24, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Another nor'easter is bearing down on New York. It's a balmy 37 degrees in Chicago. Even Los Angeles was hit by cold and rain yesterday, their equivalent of a snowpocalypse. Winter is still here, and it's not going anywhere for a while.

If the bad weather, lack of sun, and bulky coats are getting you down, we understand. It's bleak out there. But you don't just have to suffer through the winter doldrums. Here are a few handy apps that can bring a bit of a spring feeling into your life.

1. Cool Off With the Winterlight App

Did you step in slush walking to your office? Spend your morning digging your car out of the snow? Do your fingers freeze every time you step outside? It's enough to make you hate winter. But Winterlight can help you remember the joy of the first snow. This simple VR app lets you walk around a digital winter wonderland, catching snowflakes. Slap it on when you're stressed and miserable, for a quick bit of wintertime mental relaxation.

2. Heat Up With Fitness Builder

It's easy to get lazy when it's constantly sweater weather, but winter inactivity can be bad for your health and your mental wellbeing. If you've been feeling tired and bummed out this winter, exercise might be able to help, and Fitness Builder has a few hundred workouts to get you started.

3. Get Out With Plowz and Mowz

Let someone else deal with shoveling the driveway -- and we don't mean your kids. Plowz and Mowz lets you call a snowplow on demand (really), clearing you out when you're snowed in. When spring rolls back around, you can use Mowz to cut the grass as well.

4. Get Warm With the Virtual Fireplace App

You can't get cozy when you're working late to finish reviewing documents, but you can fake it. Prop your tablet up on your desk, launch the virtual fireplace, and pretend you're enjoying some après ski in the Swiss Alps -- instead of grinding out a few more billable hours.

5. Get Sauced With Saucey

If you can't have sunshine, well you can at least have a drink. Hot toddies, Irish coffees, mulled wine, and spiked hot chocolate are good enough to make a 5 p.m. sunset seem almost tolerable. And Saucey can help bring them to you, delivering booze on demand in under an hour.

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