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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.