If you’re from Vancouver, and you are anything like me then you are probably tired of this season. It feels like it’s raining, that it has always been raining, and that it will never stop raining. Oh, and it’s dark, it feels like it is always dark. It doesn’t seem to matter how much sleep I get, I feel extra tired every morning and by the time my weather hangover starts to fade, it is getting dark again. The weekends bring some relief but often the rain limits my options (or how fun those options are). It has gotten so bad at times that even with three kids I find myself annoyed by shows on Netflix that only have 8 seasons. Vacations in the sun help but there isn’t always the time or money to make a trip happen, right?
I have identified a few things that really work to improve my mood in the long Vancouver winters. The trick is finding the motivation to execute them.
- Exercise. Without a doubt, this is the most effective tool and yet the one thing I often neglect in the winter. If I am able to get to the gym before work it is amazing how much more energy I have for the day.
- Second lunch. I have only started this recently where I eat “second lunch” at 3pm and it really helps me have the energy I need to transition into the dark evenings. Without it, I want to go down with the sun (around 4pm), and probably would if my children would allow it.
- Vitamin D. While there is still some research to be done with regards to Vitamin D, my experience has shown that a Vitamin D supplement can be helpful. About 600 IU's are recommended by Health Canada, although there are some dissenting opinions. If you are considering this option you should talk to your doctor beforehand. There is also some interesting information in this article from The Globe and Mail.
Have I missed any winter hangover cures? Leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page, I’d love to hear how you glow in the dark.