*8 Things: Beating the Winter Blues

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1) S.A.D. Prevention Parties. Advance-schedule friends to come over once a month and beat the blues away. Ours are: Equinox Chili Fest, Soup Night, Dia de los Muertos, Danish in December (holiday craft night); La Vie Boheme Salon (talent show w/Absinthe); and “If You love Pina Coladas…” (‘cuz you need alcohol to survive February!)

2) Get outside. Thirty minutes of even filtered sunlight a day can boost your mood. I get mine walking the kids to and from school no. matter. what.

3) Take your Vitamins. I take 400ui of Vitamin D and a good mix of B vits. I increase the amount of Vitamin B in the week before my period and up the calcium ante to help combat PMS moodiness.

4) Try a S.A.D. Light. I bought one of these this year to see if it can help me weather the..well..weather. As my friend at Possible Water said to me the other day, “I got one of those to. To see if I could NOT cry everyday in February this year.”

5) Stock your Library. There’s nothing like curling up with a good book. I ordered almost all of these from Rocks in my Dryer. And if you’re lucky enough to live in the country of your mother tongue, you can probably find a season’s worth of great reading for free at your local library. (Trust my former local librian, Nancy Pearl for good recs or check my list here.)

6) Go to the Gallery. We are looking forward to manga at the Lousiana Museum and have already hit GL Hotelgaard for Escher. And of course, we’ll be in the steamy Winter garden at the Glyptotek and the Palm House at the Botanical Gardens. Who’s around to inspire you this Winter?

7) Watch Quality TV. It does exsist! Buy, rent, or borrow the boxed set of anything by Aaron Sorkin (I’m working through Sports Night), get a little history from Rome, or overdose on drama with Skins. (When all else fails you can maybe find ’em on youtube.)

8) Indulge a Little. I’m getting a pass to the tanning salon. (We get 4 hours of sunlight. Don’t judge me.) Maybe you could buy a punch card for an indoor pool, or use all the free one-month memberships at health clubs that have saunas? A little warmth might get you through the chill.

More tips for surviving the winter blues are linked up in my weekly column at BlogHer today, and there’s some tips for kids here and here. What are your ideas for making it through the big chill?

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Francine October 27, 2008 at 11:13 am

These are great ideas. I’m from the Caribbean and get major SAD every year during winter. Thanks for sharing!

Sage Moonstone October 27, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I love the Prevention Party ideas!! I’m going to try and do them this year for sure (either that or buy and extra comfy pair of jammies and some DVDs!!)

Here’s to the Best Winter possible!


Jen Payne October 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for the link to the book recommendations! I was needing some… I just ordered L’Engle’s marriage memoir one for a penny (used) off Amazon. :) I also started using the tanning salon this past year… I don’t know if it’s the same kind of light as the happy light? But just getting really warm for a little bit helped a lot.

Julia Wise October 27, 2008 at 5:29 pm

When I lived in Copenhagen, I found the English-language books in the central library were fewer in number than in the States (of course), but it was good for me because I read things I wouldn’t have otherwise. Try the Oxford collection of limericks, for example.

Also the greenhouses in the botanisk have. The warmth and humidity were lovely.

Lydia October 27, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I’m totally with you on making a plan to survive the winter. Last winter in the NW was soooo long! And summer too short. I’m going into this winter gritting my teeth.
Some things I’m planning on doing in the cold season is: drink hot cacao, eat spicy spicy garlicky food, catch up on movies at home, lots of crafting, dancing in people’s houses during parties, and going to the studio to get a good dance work out.

Shell October 27, 2008 at 8:53 pm

I am a winter baby, so I love the season. I suggest get winter decorations to keep past christmas. I decorate my apartment with snow men/women in all kinds of dress, have happy winter signs up everywhere. I open my windows to get fresh air every other day. Make sure I have the windows open to get all the sunlight I can. I take walks in my local park. I bundle up. It’s beautiful being out in winter. Even if you do it for 15 minutes, it’s a great pick me up. A lot of cities have now winter festivals to go to and enjoy.

jen m. October 27, 2008 at 9:48 pm

miss you! LOVE aaron sorkin. studio 60 is soooo inspiring to me (hence my industry) but have you seen it? i literally lurrrrve it. and omg i owe you an email i have so much to tell you.

Susan Young October 27, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Don’t forget massage! Oh, it feels so good to get cozy on the massage table and have someone lavish good, positive touch on you.
I liked following the links to the BlogHer and Minti posts too!

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