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Chase Away the Winter Blues

As many as half of New Yorkers find that the shorter days of fall and winter leave them feeling sluggish and sleepy. Some overeat. Others procrastinate. Some feel "blue." Science has developed some understanding of what causes the "winter blues" and, importantly, what helps keep it at bay. Exposure to daylight, even on a cloudy day, can help restore energy, alertness, and contentment.

Join Lynne Spevack, L.C.S.W., a licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG tour guide, on January 2 at 1 p.m. and get your new year's resolutions underway in the Garden. This hour-long, outdoor narrated walk is designed to chase away the winter blues and explore the garden's stunning winter silhouettes as you learn how and why plants, animals, and humans respond to light and the changing seasons, and what you can do to maintain a sunny outlook through the dark, cold days of winter. This walk is held rain or shine; dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free with Garden admission; no reservation required. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.

For more information visit Chase Away the Winter Blues.


  • Bonnie December 28, 2010

    Dear BBG -

    Just wanted to say “thank you” to whatever member of the staff decided to open all the areas that are usually closed to visitors in the wintertime!

  • Lynne Spevack December 26, 2010

    The snow-covered landscape boosts the blues-busting benefit of walking outdoors - not only is it beautiful, but the snow reflects the light, magnifying one of the key factors contributing to the beneficisl impact of walking outdoors in the winter. Don’t miss the snow-lantern in the Japanese Garden!

    Lynne Spevack LCSW
    BBG Tour Guide
    Chase Away the Winter Blues

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