We haven’t even hit the shortest day of the year and already the daylight is sparse is it seems we go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. These cold, winter months can be especially tough in the Pacific Northwest where our short days are filled with clouds and grey skies. At times it seems we will never see sunlight!
We have some tips and tricks to help you maintain a positive attitude and get through the dreaded winter months.
Exercise! The nice thing about Seattle’s climate is we don’t get the huge hot and cold swings, so during December, January and February we can still get outside and run or bike because we only have to deal with temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s (not the 0’s and 10’s like other parts of the country!) Even though you are likely exercising in the dark, the endorphins created from physical activity will help you keep a positive outlook and not get so down.
Plan a getaway. The nice thing about living on the West Coast is we are just a hop, skip and jump away from California – a very sunshiny place! Or better yet plan a tropical vacation to Mexico or Hawaii. Having something to look forward to will help you get through the first few months of darkness and then the actual trip will help you reenergize to power through until summer.
Check out here, for more ideas on how to get through these cold, dark winter.
Happy Hours! Sometimes the best cure to a boo hoo type of attitude is to grab some friends and hit a happy hour. Cocktails can sometimes be just what the dr. ordered.