As I’m writing this it’s 50 degrees out.. in January.. in Boston, which gave me a VERY nice breath of fresh air this morning. What better wake up call than that?
It also brought out my typical East Coast personality making me stress on the topic of winter and how much I wish it was warm all year long (HUGE sigh).
And I know what you’re thinking – stop complaining, you choose to live there.
I know, I agree. But hey, sometimes packing your bags and heading off to a warmer state isn’t all that easy, you know? And also, if I move anywhere anytime soon it’s going to be right back to New York and I’ll still be sighing about the g-damn cold. Yes!
So while we were walking out of Whole Foods this morning I was thinking about how much better my whole entire outlook on cold weather is this year than it was last year. I was… let’s just say, very cold cranky last year. Now don’t get me wrong, it is only January and February is never fun over here in New England weather-wise. It’s actually probably the worst month for my fellow winter dislikers, right? I mean, it is tough to get through sometimes. Cabin fever comes in hot, skin becomes more dry than ever, the paleness is on a completely different level (don’t even get me started), plus you almost feel like you were addicted to the sun for five years and now all of a sudden you can’t have any of it so you’re going through hardcore withdrawals. Yes. Uh-huh. February.
You almost feel like you were addicted to the sun for five years and now all of a sudden you can’t have any of it so you’re going through hardcore withdrawals. Yes. Uh-huh. February.
You have probably heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), right? I actually just learned about it a few years ago, I had no idea it was an actual thing until a patient of mine brought it up to me. I can’t say that I actually suffer from SAD because it hasn’t gotten to the point where I have seen my doctor for it, but I know it’s a thing and it isn’t easy to get out of. I really really feel for those who suffer from it and if you have any tips, let us know!
All I do know for sure is that my anxiety gets ten times worse in the winter. Fresh air and some natural vitamin D just change the game.
So since February is very much on the way, I wanted to share some tips to help with all of the roller coaster feelings it brings along with it. I have changed a few things in my routine from last year and already seeing the difference makes me feel better about winter in general.. well er.. as good as I can try to feel about it?
01. PLAN THINGS. I am not the biggest planner so this was very hard for me, but it has really kept me much busier than I’ve ever been. Plus when you have something to look forward to, the weeks don’t seem so long and dragged out. It doesn’t matter what it is, where it is, who it is with, just plan things to keep your mind set on so you don’t have to think about sitting in your house while it’s freezing out!
02. GETAWAY FOR A WEEKEND. BA and I decided we are going to go somewhere every February from now on. This year… THE BAHAMAS. It was a Christmas gift so we are lucky enough to already have that planned, but we have even talked about weekend trips to places so it doesn’t have to be a huge deal. It could be skiing, a long weekend down south, anything. It just helps to change up the scenery and get out of the house for a bit.
03. VITAMIN D. I know this is kind of obvious, but I take vitamin D every morning. I had my doctor test my levels so I know how much to take – so make sure to ask yours!
04. STAY MOTIVATED. Get planners, calendars, your phone notes, whatever the hell you have to do to keep your mind on track. Don’t get slumped into your couch daily because that’s when (for me at least) the anxiety or ‘hating winter’ mode comes out. I find that if I stay super motivated and have work events or deadlines filling my calendar, then I’m not worried about the weather because, um well, who cares! We are too busy to care, right? Stay on top of things and you’ll feel yourself feeling better.
05. TRY NEW THINGS. This is always a good idea. Always. Trying new things is life changing. It can be super important or so unimportant it’s almost embarrassing – like searching every store for scrabble last Sunday because BA and I wanted to test out the waters with a new game. Yes, we found it. Yes, best decision ever. We play it during the week randomly now with a glass of wine because it gives us something to look forward to and takes our mind off of the -2 degrees going on outside.
What else are you guys doing? SPILL.